- very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
- characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
- despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.
- poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless: a wretched job of sewing.
Origin of wretched
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1. dejected, distressed, afflicted, woeful, woebegone, forlorn, unhappy. 2. Wretched, miserable, sorry refer to that which is unhappy, afflicted, or distressed. Wretched refers to a condition of extreme affliction or distress, especially as outwardly apparent: wretched hovels. Miserable refers more to the inward feeling of unhappiness or distress: a miserable life. Sorry applies to distressed, often poverty-stricken outward circumstances; but it has connotations of unworthiness, incongruousness, or the like, so that the beholder feels more contempt than pity: in a sorry plight. 3. base, vile.
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Examples from the Web for wretched
First on the to-do list, the profiling exercises to help the Western masses understand the nature of the wretched beast.ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
The wretched of the earth rarely make headlines, whether on land or sea.The Racism of Disaster Coverage
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 25, 2014
This teacher says that the wretched Soviet regime will vanish and life will return to normal.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
After a few minutes of this wretched nonsense, Tyrone Lewis sidles up to me and throws a hand on my shoulder.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Prabhakaran had come to personify the movement, and his end, so wretched, became the emblem of Tamil defeat and Sinhalese triumph.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
More than a bare recital of the wretched facts, therefore, is not seemly.
No wonder Florence has a hard time of it; but isn't it wretched of me to gossip?
His mother lay on a wretched bed in the corner, half stupefied with drink.Brave and Bold
Wretched about one son, he was dismayed at the nocturnal visit of the other.Weighed and Wanting
Wretched Man, who is shameless enough to admit that he likes it.
- in poor or pitiful circumstances
- characterized by or causing misery
- despicable; base
- poor, inferior, or paltry
- (prenominal) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable)a wretched nuisance
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Word Origin and History for wretched
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