wretch

[ rech ]
/ rɛtʃ /

noun

a deplorably unfortunate or unhappy person.
a person of despicable or base character.

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Origin of wretch

before 900; Middle English wrecche, Old English wrecca exile, adventurer; cognate with German Recke warrior, hero, Old Norse rekkr man

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British Dictionary definitions for wretch

wretch
/ (rɛtʃ) /

noun

a despicable person
a person pitied for his misfortune

Word Origin for wretch

Old English wrecca; related to Old Saxon wrekkeo, Old High German reccheo (German Recke warrior), Old Norse rek (n) ingr
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