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misery

[miz-uh-ree] /ˈmɪz ə ri/
noun, plural miseries.
1.
wretchedness of condition or circumstances.
2.
distress or suffering caused by need, privation, or poverty.
3.
great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness.
4.
a cause or source of distress.
5.
Older Use.
  1. a pain:
    a misery in my left side.
  2. rheumatism.
  3. Often, miseries. a case or period of despondency or gloom.
Origin of misery
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English miserie < Latin miseria, equivalent to miser wretched + -ia -y3
Synonyms
1. tribulation, trial, suffering. 3. grief, anguish, woe, torment, desolation. See sorrow.
Antonyms
3. happiness.
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misery

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

late 14c., "condition of external unhappiness," from Old French misere "miserable situation, misfortune, distress" (12c.), from Latin miseria "wretchedness," from miser (see miser). Meaning "condition of one in great sorrow or mental distress" is from 1530s. Meaning "bodily pain" is 1825, American English.

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misery

In addition to the idiom beginning with misery also see: put someone out of his or her misery
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