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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin miserabilis, from miser; MISER

miserable

adjective
     
mis‧e‧ra‧ble
1 extremely unhappy, for example because you feel lonely, cold, or badly treated:
I've been so miserable since Pat left me.
I spent the weekend feeling miserable.
Jan looks really miserable.
Why do you make yourself miserable by taking on too much work?
as miserable as sin British English (=very miserable)
2 especially British English always bad-tempered, dissatisfied, or complaining:
He's a miserable old devil.
3 [usually before noun] making you feel very unhappy, uncomfortable etc:
They endured hours of backbreaking work in miserable conditions.
Mosquito bites can make life miserable.
4 miserable weather is cold and dull, with no sun shining:
It was a miserable grey day.
two weeks of miserable weather
5 [only before noun] very small in amount, or very bad in quality:
I can hardly afford the rent on my miserable income.
The team gave a miserable performance.
6

miserable failure

British English a complete failure:
Her attempts to learn to drive had been a miserable failure.
miserably adverb:
I failed miserably in my duty to protect her.
WORD FOCUS: sad WORD FOCUS: sad
unhappy sad because of the situation you are in
miserable
very sad
depressed
sad for a long time, and feeling that your life will never get better
gloomy
/glum looking sad
down
/down in the dumps sad and without much interest in life - usually not in a serious or permanent way
broken-hearted
very sad because someone has ended a romantic relationship with you
homesick
sad because you are a long way from your home and your friends


See also
sad

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