miserable (adj.)

  1. very unhappy; full of misery; he felt depressed and miserable; a message of hope for suffering humanity; wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages

    [ Syn: suffering , wretched ]

  2. deserving or inciting pity; a hapless victim; miserable victims of war; the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic- Galsworthy; piteous appeals for help; pitiable homeless children; a pitiful fate; Oh, you poor thing; his poor distorted limbs; a wretched life

    [ Syn: hapless , misfortunate , pathetic , piteous , pitiable , pitiful , poor , wretched ]

  3. of the most contemptible kind; abject cowardice; a low stunt to pull; a low-down sneak; his miserable treatment of his family; You miserable skunk!; a scummy rabble; a scurvy trick

    [ Syn: abject , low , low-down , scummy , scurvy ]

  4. of very poor quality or condition; deplorable housing conditions in the inner city; woeful treatment of the accused; woeful errors of judgment

    [ Syn: deplorable , execrable , woeful , wretched ]

  5. characterized by physical misery; a wet miserable weekend; spent a wretched night on the floor

    [ Syn: wretched ]

  6. contemptibly small in amount; a measly tip; the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief; a paltry wage; almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans

    [ Syn: measly , paltry ]

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