American English

Definition of misery noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. miseries)
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  1. 1[uncountable] great suffering of the mind or body synonym distress Fame brought her nothing but misery.
  2. 2[uncountable] very poor living conditions synonym poverty The vast majority of the population lives in utter misery.
  3. 3[countable] something that causes great suffering of mind or body the miseries of unemployment
  4. Idioms
    make somebody's life a misery
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    to behave in a way that makes someone else feel very unhappy
    put an animal, a bird, etc. out of its misery
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    to kill a creature because it has an illness or injury that cannot be treated
    put somebody out of their misery (informal)
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    to stop someone from worrying by telling them something that they are anxious to know Put me out of my misery—did I pass or didn't I?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: misery