Origin of wretch
Examples from the Web for wretch
So you are the one who is at the bottom of this, you wretch you!Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss|J. North Conway|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tried to believe that there was some hope for such a wretch; but the attempt was not altogether successful.A Handful of Stars|Frank W. Boreham
Does she really think me such a wretch as to cause Ovid, under any provocation, a moment's anxiety while he is away?Heart and Science|Wilkie Collins
It will depend on whether my silly husband wants to stay with his wretch of a baby.Alice Sit-By-The-Fire|J. M. Barrie
Word Origin for wretch
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."