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mis·er·a·ble  audio  (mzr--bl, mzr-) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Very uncomfortable or unhappy; wretched.
  2. Causing or accompanied by great discomfort or distress: a miserable climate.
  3. Mean or shameful; contemptible: a miserable trick.
  4. Wretchedly inadequate: lived in a miserable shack; fed the prisoners miserable rations.
  5. Of poor quality; inferior: miserable handicraft.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin miserbilis, pitiable, from miserr, to pity, from miser, wretched

OTHER FORMS:
miser·a·ble(Noun), miser·a·ble·ness(Noun), miser·a·bly(Adverb)


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