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Synonyms for miserable
ˈmɪz ər ə bəl, ˈmɪz rə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. miserable, suffering, wretched(adj)

    very unhappy; full of misery

    "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, wretched, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    Antonyms:
    ample, happy, comfy, estimable, superior, fortunate, comfortable

  2. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    ridiculous, paltry, deplorable, scummy, woeful, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, vile, low-down, despicable, inadequate, low, worthless, sad, piteous, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, poor, pathetic, short, wretched, silly, sorry, pitiful, abject, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    comfortable, ample, superior, estimable, happy, fortunate, comfy

  3. abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    down(p), dispirited, small, downcast, paltry, deplorable, scummy, modest, execrable, suffering, scurvy, unhopeful, humbled, low-down, lowly, low, broken, down in the mouth, blue, humble, downhearted, grim, low-toned, low-pitched, piteous, hapless, misfortunate, pitiable, depleted, crushed, measly, poor, funky, pathetic, wretched, pitiful, gloomy, abject, woeful, depressed, low-spirited, humiliated

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, comfortable, ample, happy, superior, estimable, comfy

  4. deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched(adj)

    of very poor quality or condition

    "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"

    Synonyms:
    paltry, deplorable, scummy, odious, reprehensible, damnable, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, woebegone, vile, low-down, despicable, low, criminal, vicious, worthless, detestable, sad, piteous, condemnable, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, abominable, poor, pathetic, wretched, sorry, pitiful, abject, woeful, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, superior, ample, comfortable, comfy, happy, estimable

  5. miserable, wretched(adj)

    characterized by physical misery

    "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, wretched, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, comfy, happy, estimable, comfortable, ample, superior

  6. measly, miserable, paltry(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, trifling, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, negligible, woeful, measly, wretched, paltry, execrable, low

    Antonyms:
    fortunate, happy, comfortable, estimable, superior, ample, comfy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. miserable

    Pitiful originally signified full of pity; as, "the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy," James v, 11; but this usage is now archaic, and the meaning in question is appropriated by such words as merciful and compassionate. Pitiful and pitiable now refer to what may be deserving of pity, pitiful being used chiefly for that which is merely an object of thought, pitiable for that which is brought directly before the senses; as, a pitiful story; a pitiable object; a pitiable condition. Since pity, however, always implies weakness or inferiority in that which is pitied, pitiful and pitiable are often used, by an easy transition, for what might awaken pity, but does awaken contempt; as, a pitiful excuse; he presented a pitiable appearance. Piteous is now rarely used in its earlier sense of feeling pity, but in its derived sense applies to what really excites the emotion; as, a piteous cry. Compare HUMANE; MERCY; PITY.

    Synonyms:
    abject, base, contemptible, despicable, lamentable, mournful, moving, paltry, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, sorrowful, touching, woful, wretched

    Antonyms:
    august, beneficent, commanding, dignified, exalted, glorious, grand, great, helpful, lofty, mighty, noble, sublime, superb, superior

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. miserable

    Synonyms:
    abject, forlorn, pitiable, wretched, worthless, despicable, disconsolate

    Antonyms:
    respectable, worthy, happy, contented, comfortable

Editors Contribution

  1. depression

    Submitted by anonymous on December 22, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. miserable(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unhappy (as respects the condition of the mind), WRETCHED, distressed, afflicted, comfortless, disconsolate, forlorn, broken-hearted, heart-broken

  2. miserable(a.)

    Synonyms:
    worthless, valueless, very poor (in quality)

  3. miserable(a.)

    Synonyms:
    low, mean, abject, despicable, contemptible

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. miserable(a)

    Synonyms:
    wretched, abject, deplorable, grievous, pitiable, calamitous, mean, despicable, contemptible, base, arrant, sordid, groveling

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "miserable":

    wretched, unhappy, unfortunate, measly, lousy, wretch, sad, pathetic, unappy, squalid, pitiful, paltry, tragic, chickenshit, deplorable, unlucky, ratty

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How to use miserable in a sentence?

  1. Robert Anthony:

    Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    Until you resolve to let go of whatever that is behind you i.e. your miserable past life/failures/mistakes. You will hardly reach out to what is before you (the fabulous future ahead of you).

  3. Paul Ryan:

    Eight years of liberal progressive politics has produced miserable results and I really don't think the country is going to have more of the same and that is why I am confident we are going to keep our majority.

  4. Bill Clinton:

    I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work, you don’t have to physically assault somebody to make them, you know, uncomfortable at work or at home or in their other — just walking around. That, I think, is good.

  5. Jean Jacques Rousseau:

    The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.


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