misery

misery
mis|e|ry
S3 [ˈmızəri] n plural miseries
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: miserie, from Latin miseria, from miser; MISER]
1.) [U and C]
great suffering that is caused for example by being very poor or very sick
What we are witnessing here is human misery on a vast scale.
the misery of unemployment
the miseries of war
2.) [U and C]
great unhappiness
She looked away so that Tom wouldn't see her misery.
His face was a picture of sheer misery.
The news plunged him into abject misery .
3.) make sb's life a misery
BrE to cause so much trouble for someone that they cannot enjoy their life
Competitive mothers can make their daughters' lives a misery.
4.) put sth/sb out of their misery
a) informal to make someone stop feeling worried, especially by telling them something they are waiting to hear
Go on, put them out of their misery and announce the winner.
b) to kill a sick or injured animal in order to end its suffering
= ↑put down
I think you should put the poor creature out of its misery.
5.) BrE spoken someone who is always complaining and never enjoys anything
Don't be such a misery.
What's the matter with you, misery guts (=a name for someone like this) ?

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