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noun British English pronunciation: misery /ˈmɪzəri/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the state of being extremely unhappy or uncomfortable

    Our people have suffered untold hardship and misery.

    The heatwave brought traffic misery to thousands.

    in misery:

    Children were living in misery, without housing, school, or clinics.

    1. a.
      [countable] something that causes people to suffer or be unhappy

      He wasn't prepared for the physical miseries of prison.

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