miserable
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser Date: 15th century 1. being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness (as from want or shame) <
miserable refugees
>
2. a. wretchedly inadequate or meager <
a miserable hovel
>
b. causing extreme discomfort or unhappiness <
a miserable situation
>
3. being likely to discredit or shame <
his miserable neglect of his wife
>
<
it was miserable of you to make fun of him
>
miserable nounmiserableness nounmiserably adverb

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  • miserable — Miserable. adj. de tout genre. Malheureux, qui est dans la misere, dans la souffrance. Une miserable famille ruinée. c est une miserable condition que celle de l homme. il mene, il traisne une vie bien miserable. On dit, qu Un homme a fait une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • miserable — miserable, wretched both describe something (as a person s state of health or of mind, a state of affairs, a human being with reference to his condition or character, or a thing compared with others of its kind) that is deplorably or contemptibly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • Miserable — Mis er*a*ble, a. [F. mis[ e]rable, L. miserabilis, fr. miserari to lament, pity, fr. miser wretched. See {Miser}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Very unhappy; wretched; living in misery. [1913 Webster] What hopes delude thee, miserable man? Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miserable — Miserable, com. gen. penac. Miser, Miserandus, AErumnosus. Miserable, qui esmeut à pitié et compassion, Miserabilis. Aussi miserable que moy, Miser aeque atque ego. Y a il homme du monde aussi miserable? An quisquam gentium est aeque miser? Chose …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • miserable — [miz′ər ə bəl, miz′rəbəl] adj. [Fr misérable < L miserabilis, pitiable < miserari, to pity < miser, wretched] 1. in a condition of misery; wretched, unhappy, suffering, etc. 2. causing misery, discomfort, or suffering [miserable weather] …   English World dictionary

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  • miserable — (adj.) early 15c., full of misery, causing wretchedness (of conditions), from O.Fr. miserable prone to pity, merciful, and directly from L. miserabilis pitiable, miserable, deplorable, lamentable, from miserari to pity, lament, deplore, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Miserable — Mis er*a*ble, n. A miserable person. [Obs.] Sterne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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