[miz-uh-ree] /ˈmɪz ə ri/
noun, plural miseries.
wretchedness of condition or circumstances.
distress or suffering caused by need, privation, or poverty.
great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness.
a cause or source of distress.
noun (pl) -eries
intense unhappiness, discomfort, or suffering; wretchedness
a cause of such unhappiness, discomfort, etc
squalid or poverty-stricken conditions
(Brit, informal) a person who is habitually depressed: he is such a misery
(dialect) a pain or ailment
late 14c., “condition of external unhappiness,” from Old French misere “miserable situation, misfortune, distress” (12c.), from Latin miseria “wretchedness,” from miser (see miser). Meaning “condition of one in great sorrow or mental distress” is from 1530s. Meaning “bodily pain” is 1825, American English.
In addition to the idiom beginning with misery
noun 1. an unofficial indication of a nation’s economic health, derived by adding the percentage rate of inflation to the percentage of unemployed workers: With inflation running at 15 percent and unemployment at 8 percent, the misery index is 23 percent.
[meez, mahyz] /miz, maɪz/ noun 1. a settlement or agreement. 2. Law. the issue in a proceeding instituted on a writ of right. /miːz; maɪz/ noun (law) 1. the issue in the obsolete writ of right 2. an agreed settlement
[mis-e-steem] /ˌmɪs ɛˈstim/ verb (used with object) 1. to fail to value or respect properly.
[verb mis-es-tuh-meyt; noun mis-es-tuh-mit] /verb mɪsˈɛs təˌmeɪt; noun mɪsˈɛs tə mɪt/ verb (used with object), misestimated, misestimating. 1. to wrongly or inadequately. noun 2. a wrong or inadequate . v. 1778, from mis- (1) + estimate (v.). Related: Misestimated; misestimating.