abject, great, real, sheer, untold

This phobia can cause untold misery for the sufferer.


Her misery was made complete when she was separated from her children.


the country's economic misery

be full of, endure, feel, live in, suffer

people who suffer the misery of unemployment

bring (sb), cause (sb), create, inflict

The money brought him nothing but misery.

add to, heap (esp. BrE), prolong

War has now added to the misery of these starving people.

This financial blow heaps more misery on the community.

alleviate, ease, relieve

ways to alleviate human misery

put sb/sth out of

In the end we asked the vet to put the creature out of its misery (= kill it humanely).

Oh, put her out of her misery—tell her who won. (humorous)

spare sb

At least we were spared the misery of having to do it all again.

share (esp. AmE)
misery of

the sheer misery of homelessness

make sb's life a misery

His constant criticism made her life a misery.

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