Misery  

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"It is not here claimed that any single panacea exists for all of the troubles of the working-people or of employers. As long as some people are born lazy or inefficient, and others are born greedy and brutal, as long as vice and crime are with us, just so long will a certain amount of poverty, misery, and unhappiness be with us also."--The Principles of Scientific Management (1911) by Frederick Winslow Taylor

Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
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Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.

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Misery is a feeling of great unhappiness, suffering and/or pain.

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  1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
  2. Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  3. Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice.

Etymology

From miser, from Proto-Italic *misseros, of unknown origin. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *mēwdʰ- (“to complain, be emotional about”), the same root of Latin maereō and Ancient Greek μῖσος (mîsos, “hatred”).

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