miserable




Miserable goes way beyond sad — it means absolutely wretched. Someone who’s miserable feels absolutely awful.

If you were caught in the pouring rain, missed your own birthday party, and then got food poisoning, you wouldn’t just feel bad. You’d be miserable — which means exceptionally unhappy. Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables (“The Miserable Ones”), is the story of people who live a wretched life filled with death and unhappiness. You might want to bring some tissues if you’re heading to the musical!

Definitions of miserable
  1. adjective

    very unhappy; full of misery

    “he felt depressed and
    miserable
    synonyms:
    suffering, wretched

    unhappy

    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
  2. adjective

    deserving or inciting pity

    miserable victims of war”
    synonyms:
    hapless, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched

    unfortunate

    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
  3. adjective

    characterized by physical misery

    “a wet
    miserable weekend”
    synonyms:
    wretched

    uncomfortable

    providing or experiencing physical discomfort
  4. adjective

    of very poor quality or condition

    synonyms:
    deplorable, execrable, woeful, wretched

    inferior

    of low or inferior quality
  5. adjective

    contemptibly small in amount

    “the company donated a
    miserable $100 for flood relief”
    “almost depleted his
    miserable store of dried beans”
    synonyms:
    measly, paltry

    meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy

    deficient in amount or quality or extent
  6. adjective

    of the most contemptible kind

    “his
    miserable treatment of his family”
    “You
    miserable skunk!”
    synonyms:
    abject, low, low-down, scummy, scurvy

    contemptible

    deserving of contempt or scorn

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