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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.
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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!
Translations of “misery”
in Korean 고통…
in Arabic بُؤس…
in French misère…
in Turkish bedbahtlık, mutsuzluk, sefalet…
in Italian infelicità, sofferenza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 痛苦, 痛苦,悲慘…
in Russian страдание, мучение…
in Polish nieszczęście, cierpienie…
in Spanish desgracia, desdicha, tristeza…
in Portuguese desgraça, infelicidade…
in German das Elend…
in Catalan tristesa, sofriment…
in Japanese 不幸, 悲惨さ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 痛苦…
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