Definition for MIS'ER-Y

MIS'ER-Y, n. [s as z; L. miseria; Fr. misère.]

  1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind. A man suffers misery from the gout, or from great afflictions, distress, calamity, and other evils. Misery expresses somewhat less than wretchedness. Misery is as really the fruit of vice reigning in the heart, as tares are the produce of tares sown in the field. J. Lathrop.
  2. Calamity; misfortune; natural evils which are the cause of misery. And mourn the miseries of human life. Dryden.
  3. Covetousness. [Not used.] Shak.

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