So you are the one who is at the bottom of this, you wretch you!
Moreover the wretch is as jealous of the chastity of his daughter as if he himself had led a clean life!
"Then you are going to believe what that wretch says," gasped Mrs. Fishley, pointing to me.
I sent this wretch a trifle, at different times, to take with him into slavery.
The Master said, Three armies may be robbed of their leader, no wretch can be robbed of his will.
Is it permitted to a wretch who has deprived himself of the greatest of blessings, to dare to ask your pardon and your pity?
Miss Flynn was portentous, for Miss Flynn had had it out with the wretch.
After uttering these odious words with revolting cynicism, the wretch looked impudently round the audience.
wretch that he is who remains ignorant of the sublime duty of confession!
You have a nice, a very nice part to act with this wretch—who yet has, I think, but one plain path before him.
Old English wrecca "wretch, stranger, exile," from Proto-Germanic *wrakjan (cf. Old Saxon wrekkio, Old High German reckeo "a banished person, exile," German recke "renowned warrior, hero"), related to Old English wreccan "to drive out, punish" (see wreak). Sense of "vile, despicable person" developed in Old English, reflecting the sorry state of the outcast, as presented in much of Anglo-Saxon verse (e.g. "The Wanderer"). Cf. German Elend "misery," from Old High German elilenti "sojourn in a foreign land, exile."