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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mi·ser·y n.; pl. Miseries
 1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
    Destruction and misery are in their ways.   --Rom. iii. 16.
 2. Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
 When we our betters see bearing our woes,
 We scarcely think our miseries our foes.   --Shak.
 3. Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- Wretchedness; torture; agony; torment; anguish; distress; calamity; misfortune.