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miserable - Dictionary definition and meaning for word miserable

(adj) very unhappy; full of misery
Synonyms : suffering , wretched
Example Sentence
  • he felt depressed and miserable
  • a message of hope for suffering humanity
  • wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages

(adj) deserving or inciting pity
Example Sentence
  • a hapless victim
  • miserable victims of war
  • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
  • piteous appeals for help
  • pitiable homeless children
  • a pitiful fate
  • Oh, you poor thing
  • his poor distorted limbs
  • a wretched life

(adj) of the most contemptible kind
Synonyms : abject , low , low-down , scummy , scurvy
Example Sentence
  • abject cowardice
  • a low stunt to pull
  • a low-down sneak
  • his miserable treatment of his family
  • You miserable skunk!
  • a scummy rabble
  • a scurvy trick

(adj) of very poor quality or condition
Synonyms : deplorable , execrable , woeful , wretched
Example Sentence
  • deplorable housing conditions in the inner city
  • woeful treatment of the accused
  • woeful errors of judgment

(adj) characterized by physical misery
Synonyms : wretched
Example Sentence
  • a wet miserable weekend
  • spent a wretched night on the floor

(adj) contemptibly small in amount
Synonyms : measly , paltry
Example Sentence
  • a measly tip
  • the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief
  • a paltry wage
  • almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans

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