Definition of Miserable

1. Adjective. Very unhappy; full of misery. "Wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

Exact synonyms: Suffering, Wretched
Similar to: Unhappy
Derivative terms: Miserableness, Wretchedness



2. Adjective. Deserving or inciting pity. "A wretched life"

3. Adjective. Of the most contemptible kind. "A scurvy trick"
Exact synonyms: Abject, Low, Low-down, Scummy, Scurvy
Similar to: Contemptible

4. Adjective. Of very poor quality or condition. "Woeful errors of judgment"
Exact synonyms: Deplorable, Execrable, Woeful, Wretched
Similar to: Inferior
Derivative terms: Miserableness, Wretchedness

5. Adjective. Characterized by physical misery. "Spent a wretched night on the floor"
Exact synonyms: Wretched
Similar to: Uncomfortable
Derivative terms: Miserableness, Wretchedness

6. Adjective. Contemptibly small in amount. "Almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
Exact synonyms: Measly, Paltry
Similar to: Meager, Meagerly, Meagre, Scrimpy, Stingy
Derivative terms: Paltriness

Definition of Miserable

1. a. Very unhappy; wretched.

2. n. A miserable person.

Definition of Miserable

1. Adjective. In a state of misery: very sad, ill, or poor. ¹

2. Adjective. Very bad (''at'' something); unskilled, incompetent. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Miserable

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Miserable

misenrolls
misenrols
misenter
misentered
misentering
misenters
misentreat
misentreated
misentreating
misentries
misentry
miser
miserabilism
miserabilist
miserabilists
miserable (current term)
miserableness
miserablenesses
miserables
miserablism
miserablist
miserablists
miserably
miseration
misere
miserere
misereres
miseres
misericord
misericorde

Literary usage of Miserable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (2001)
"... and that away in the night his starving mother would slip to him stealthily with any miserable scrap or "WITH ANY miserable CRUST. ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Bingley was quite uncomfortable ; his sisters declared that they were miserable. They solaced their wretchedness, however, by duets after supper, ..."

3. The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1883)
"Reflections—An extraordinary dream—Discover five canoes of savages on shore—Observe from my station two miserable wretches dragged out of the boats to be ..."

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