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English definition of “misery”


noun uk   /ˈmɪz.ər.i/ us    /-ɚ-/

misery noun (UNHAPPY FEELING)

B2 [C or U] great unhappiness: We have witnessed the most appalling scenes of human misery. Ten years of marriage to him have made her life a misery.

misery noun (UNHAPPY PERSON)

[S] UK informal disapproving (also misery guts) someone who is often very unhappy and is always complaining about things: Oh come on, don't be such a misery! Stop being such an old misery guts!
(Definition of misery from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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