miserable

Miserable goes way beyond sad — it means absolutely wretched. Someone who's miserable feels absolutely awful.

If you were caught in the pouring rain, missed your own birthday party, and then got food poisoning, you wouldn't just feel bad. You'd be miserable — which means exceptionally unhappy. Victor Hugo's novel, Les Miserables ("The Miserable Ones"), is the story of people who live a wretched life filled with death and unhappiness. You might want to bring some tissues if you're heading to the musical!

Primary Meanings of miserable

1.
adj
very unhappy; full of misery
2.
adj
contemptibly small in amount
3.
adj
of the most contemptible kind
Full Definitions of miserable
1

adj very unhappy; full of misery

“he felt depressed and miserable
Synonyms:
suffering, wretched
unhappy
experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent

adj deserving or inciting pity

miserable victims of war”
Synonyms:
hapless, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched
unfortunate
not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

adj characterized by physical misery

“a wet miserable weekend”
Synonyms:
wretched
uncomfortable
providing or experiencing physical discomfort

adj of very poor quality or condition

Synonyms:
deplorable, execrable, woeful, wretched
inferior
of low or inferior quality
2

adj contemptibly small in amount

“the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief”
“almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans”
Synonyms:
measly, paltry
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
deficient in amount or quality or extent
3

adj of the most contemptible kind

“his miserable treatment of his family”
“You miserable skunk!”
Synonyms:
abject, low, low-down, scummy, scurvy
contemptible
deserving of contempt or scorn

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