misery-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: an objective state of misfortune, affliction

Commentary: MISERY[+state][+objective][+misfortune]
NOTE: there is observable evidence of the affliction

Everywhere around them the soldiers witnessed the miseries of war.
Their program has helped thousands of children living in the misery of poverty.
He shot the horse with the broken leg to end its misery.
We went through the misery of picking through cans of garbage, looking for the lost diamond.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an internal state of unhappiness, mental suffering

Commentary: MISERY[+state][+subjective][+unhappiness]
NOTE: the unhappiness may not be evident to others, an internal feeling, emotion

John's nagging mother made his life a constant misery.
Our miseries were soon forgotten over a bottle of cognac.
She cried in misery over her garden destroyed by hailstones.
Our team's misery was their team's joy.
Misery loves company. (people who are sad tend to make others so)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2