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From OALD:

miser: a person who loves money and hates spending it
misery: . [U] great suffering of the mind or body Synonym: DISTRESS
Fame brought her nothing but misery.

. [U] very poor living conditions Synonym: POVERTY
The vast majority of the country live in utter misery.

. [C] something that causes great suffering of mind or body: the miseries of unemployment

. [C] (BrE, informal) a person who is always unhappy and complaining: Don't be such an old misery! ◆ Old misery guts here doesn't want to go out.

Is there a philological relation between these two? They are very similar(like noun and adj) but I can't form a relation berween them...

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There might have been, but I can't explain historically where from - an obsolete meaning of the word 'miser' is 'a wretched or unhappy person'. –  bamboo Sep 15 '13 at 15:55
    
Voting to close as general reference since any etymological dictionary can answer the question. –  terdon Sep 15 '13 at 16:16

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Yes there is. The best explanation can be found in the online etymology dictionary.

miser (n.) 1540s, "miserable person, wretch," from Latin miser (adj.) "unhappy, wretched, pitiable, in distress," of unknown origin. Original sense now obsolete; main modern meaning of "money-hoarding person" recorded 1560s, from presumed unhappiness of such people.

Miser,miserable, misery, and commiseration all arise from the same Latin stem miser, meaning wretched.

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