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      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      (Brit)  
informal   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)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    agony, anguish, depression, desolation, despair, discomfort, distress, gloom, grief, hardship, melancholy, sadness, sorrow, suffering, torment, torture, unhappiness, woe, wretchedness  
2    affliction, bitter pill     (informal)   burden, calamity, catastrophe, curse, disaster, hardship, load, misfortune, ordeal, sorrow, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe  
3    destitution, indigence, need, penury, poverty, privation, sordidness, squalor, want, wretchedness  
4      (Brit. informal)   grouch     (informal)   killjoy, moaner, pessimist, prophet of doom, sourpuss     (informal)   spoilsport, wet blanket     (informal)   wowser     (Austral. & N.Z. slang)  
   comfort, contentment, ease, enjoyment, happiness, joy, luxury, pleasure  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

See also:

miserly, miser, mise, misère

misery loves company exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too

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