1 unhappiness, distress, discomfort, wretchedness, woe, sadness, melancholy, sorrow, dolour, heartache, grief, anguish, anxiety, angst, depression, despair, desperation, desolation, despondency, gloom:
Worn out by grief and misery, she collapsed into a chair.
2 squalor, poverty, destitution, privation, indigence, penury, wretchedness, sordidness:
The misery of those slums is unbelievable.
3 hardship, suffering, calamity, disaster, curse, misfortune, ordeal, woe, trouble, catastrophe, trial, tribulation, adversity, burden, affliction:
She cannot bear the twin miseries of illness and poverty.
4 spoilsport, damper, killjoy, dampener, Job's comforter, grouch, grump, malcontent, pessimist, cynic, prophet of doom, Cassandra, Colloq wet blanket, sourpuss, US party pooper, gloomy Gus, picklepuss:
How can you stand living with such a misery?
abject, deep, extreme, great, real, sheer, untold
This phobia can cause untold misery for the sufferer.
Her misery was made complete when she was separated from her children.
| personal | human | economic
the country's economic misery
VERB + MISERY
be full of, be wrapped (up) in, endure, feel, live in, sink into, suffer
He was too wrapped in misery to reply. I sank deeper into my misery. men who suffer the misery of unemployment
| bring (sb), cause (sb), create
The money brought him nothing but misery.
| add to, heap, prolong
War has now added to the misery of these starving people. The giant-killers heaped more misery on the home team.
| alleviate, ease, relieve
ways to alleviate human misery
| put sb/sth out of
In the end we asked the vet to put the poor creature out of its misery (= kill it humanely). (humorous) Oh, put her out of her misery?tell her who won.
| spare sb
At least we were spared the misery of having to do it all again.
the sheer misery of homelessness
a feeling of misery, make sb's life a misery
His constant criticism made her life a misery.
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