miserable (adj.) early 15c., "full of misery, causing wretchedness" (of conditions), from O.Fr. miserable "prone to pity, merciful," and directly from L. miserabilis "pitiable, miserable, deplorable, lamentable," from miserari "to pity, lament, deplore," from miser "wretched" (see MISER (Cf. miser)). Of persons, "existing in a state of misery" it is attested from 1520s.

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  • misérable — [ mizerabl ] adj. et n. • 1336; lat. miserabilis 1 ♦ Qui inspire ou mérite d inspirer la pitié; qui est dans le malheur, la misère. ⇒ lamentable, malheureux, pitoyable; misérabilisme. L homme, pour Pascal, est à la fois misérable et grand.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • miserable — Miserable. adj. de tout genre. Malheureux, qui est dans la misere, dans la souffrance. Une miserable famille ruinée. c est une miserable condition que celle de l homme. il mene, il traisne une vie bien miserable. On dit, qu Un homme a fait une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • miserable — miserable, wretched both describe something (as a person s state of health or of mind, a state of affairs, a human being with reference to his condition or character, or a thing compared with others of its kind) that is deplorably or contemptibly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • miserable — adjetivo 1. Que es muy pobre o tiene un aspecto muy pobre: casa miserable. Esa familia vive en un barrio muy miserable. Sinónimo: mísero. 2. Que está abatido, sin ánimo, ni fuerza, o se encuentra en malas condiciones físicas o morales: Me los… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Miserable — Mis er*a*ble, a. [F. mis[ e]rable, L. miserabilis, fr. miserari to lament, pity, fr. miser wretched. See {Miser}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Very unhappy; wretched; living in misery. [1913 Webster] What hopes delude thee, miserable man? Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miserable — Miserable, com. gen. penac. Miser, Miserandus, AErumnosus. Miserable, qui esmeut à pitié et compassion, Miserabilis. Aussi miserable que moy, Miser aeque atque ego. Y a il homme du monde aussi miserable? An quisquam gentium est aeque miser? Chose …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • miserable — [miz′ər ə bəl, miz′rəbəl] adj. [Fr misérable < L miserabilis, pitiable < miserari, to pity < miser, wretched] 1. in a condition of misery; wretched, unhappy, suffering, etc. 2. causing misery, discomfort, or suffering [miserable weather] …   English World dictionary

  • Miserable — may refer to: Miserable (song), a song by Lit Mr. Miserable, a fictional character in the children s book Mr. Happy by Roger Hargreaves See also Les Misérables (disambiguation) Los Miserables, a Chilean punk band This …   Wikipedia

  • Miserable — Mis er*a*ble, n. A miserable person. [Obs.] Sterne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • miserable — [adj1] unhappy, depressed afflicted, agonized, ailing, anguished, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, desolate, despairing, despondent, destroyed, disconsolate, discontented, distressed, doleful, dolorous, down, downcast, down in the mouth*,… …   New thesaurus

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