Meaning of “misery” in the English Dictionary

"misery" in British English

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miserynoun

uk /ˈmɪz.ər.i/ us /ˈmɪz.ɚ.i/

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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  • He looked happy for a brief while, before relapsing into silent misery.
  • He sat slumped over his desk, the picture of misery.
  • Words alone cannot convey the untold misery endured by people in these refugee camps.
  • She was worn down by the misery and degradation of prison life.
  • I just wanted to end the misery of waiting.

(Definition of “misery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"misery" in American English

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miserynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmɪz·ər·i/

great unhappiness:

[ U ] With the rice harvest, hope is sprouting amid the misery.

(Definition of “misery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)