noun, plural miseries.
wretchedness of condition or circumstances.
distress or suffering caused by need, privation, or poverty.
great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness.
a cause or source of distress.
Older Use.
a pain: a misery in my left side.
Often, miseries. a case or period of despondency or gloom.

1325–75; Middle English miserie < Latin miseria, equivalent to miser wretched + -ia -y3

1. tribulation, trial, suffering. 3. grief, anguish, woe, torment, desolation. See sorrow.

3. happiness.
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misery (ˈmɪzərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  intense unhappiness, discomfort, or suffering; wretchedness
2.  a cause of such unhappiness, discomfort, etc
3.  squalid or poverty-stricken conditions
4.  informal (Brit) a person who is habitually depressed: he is such a misery
5.  dialect a pain or ailment
[C14: via Anglo-Norman from Latin miseria, from miser wretched]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "condition of external unhappiness," from O.Fr. miserie (12c.), from L. miseria "wretchedness," from miser. Meaning "condition of one in great sorrow or mental distress" is from 1530s. Meaning "bodily pain" is 1825, Amer.Eng.
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A vindication of natural society a view of the miseries and evils arising to mankind.
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