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adjective     miserable pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    extremely unhappy or uncomfortable

    He looked cold and miserable in the rain.

    Their evening together had been a miserable failure.

    1. a.
      a miserable situation or period is one that makes you feel very unhappy

      The weather was miserable.

  2. 2
    a miserable amount of something, especially money, is very small and not enough

    All I had left was a miserable 50 pence.

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