(Latin: wretched, miserable, pitiable)
Friends called Devon to commiserate with him when they heard that he had to have a triple by-pass operation.2. Etymology: from Latin com, "with" + miseror, "pity".
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2. An expression of sympathy with another person's grief.
2. Etymology: from "miserable person, wretch," from Latin miser, "unhappy, wretched, pitiable, in distress"; of unknown origin.
The original sense is now obsolete, the main modern meaning of "money-hoarding person" comes from an assumed unhappiness of such a person.
This word is not derived from the Greek miso- (hate) element even though there is a similarity in form, and also that a miser is usually hated or despised.
2. Contemptibly small in amount: Jack brought home only one carrot and some old lettuce, a really miserable supply of vegetables, because everything had already been sold out at the market.
3. Deserving or inciting pity: Jane commented, "We have too many miserable victims in the Iraq war."
4. Of very poor quality or condition: After reading the novel, Jim thought that it was the most miserable one he had ever read!
5. Causing or accompanied by discomfort, unpleasantness, or unhappiness; Jack never wanted to talk about the miserable time he had during childhood.
6. Inadequate, often insulting or embarrassing, in quantity or quality: The neighbors often commented on Sam's miserable neglect of his children since his wife died.
2. A situation in which a person is very unhappy or depressed because of a misfortune or an affliction.
2. Characterizing how a bad or physical condition exists: She groaned miserably and trembled with anger because she was too poor to buy the medication she needed.
3. A reference to how someone has a very poor character or quality: He failed miserably as a father.
2. Etymology: from Old French, from Latin misericordia, "compassion"; from miser?re, "to pity" + cor, "heart".
Motto of German Emperor Rupprecht of Palatinate (1400-1410).
2. A description of someone who is greedy for money and unwilling to share it or to spend it.
3. A reference to something which is contemptibly insufficient or inadequate.
4. Relating to or characteristic of an avaricious or penurious person.
One rationale for helping people in distress, from Virgil's Aeneid. With these words, Dido, Queen of Carthage, greeted Aeneas and his companions, who were in exile.