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miserable adj
1 very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages" [syn: suffering, wretched]
2 deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched]
3 of the most contemptible kind; "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" [syn: abject, low, low-down, scummy, scurvy]
4 of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment" [syn: deplorable, execrable, woeful, wretched]
5 characterized by physical misery; "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor" [syn: wretched]
6 contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans" [syn: measly, paltry]

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  1. In a state of misery: very sad, ill, or poor.
    • George Bernard Shaw
      The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
  2. Very bad (at something); unskilled, incompetent.
    He's O.K. at some sports, like tennis, but he's just miserable at football.


in a state of misery
  • Czech: nešťastný, bědný
  • French: misérable
  • German: erbärmlich, jämmerlich
  • Greek: άθλιος, ελεεινός, αξιοθρήνητος
  • Old English: earm
  • Romanian: mizerie
  • Russian: несчастный
very bad (at)



  1. Miserable.
  2. Poor.

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