- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wretched on Thesaurus.com
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 wretchedly
She could be wretchedly imprecise, capricious, and heartless to her co-workers.Understanding Diana Vreeland, ‘Empress of Fashion’
November 28, 2012
Then again, no one can go far wrong by guessing that the wretchedly led GOP will once more deal from the bottom of the deck.Give Steele a Reality Show
November 14, 2010
To this unpracticed eye, at least from the photos, the statues are at once sexually explicit and wretchedly unsexy.The Prince and the Porn
November 3, 2010
The Earthmen were pitifully few, only thirty of them, and wretchedly armed.Slaves of Mercury
It was all wretchedly unconstitutional—of this there is no doubt.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
These last must be wretchedly unwholesome in the brief rainy season.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
The tears swam to her eyes and wretchedly and yet thankfully she wept.The Paliser case
The service was wretchedly conducted; hardly any music, and not a flower to speak of.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
- in poor or pitiful circumstances
- characterized by or causing misery
- despicable; base
- poor, inferior, or paltry
- (prenominal) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable)a wretched nuisance
Word Origin and History for wretchedly
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper