wretched

[ rech-id ]
/ ˈrɛtʃ ɪd /

adjective, wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. wrest pin,
  2. wrestle,
  3. wrestler,
  4. wrestling,
  5. wretch,
  6. wretchedly,
  7. wrexham,
  8. wrick,
  9. wrier,
  10. wriest

Origin of wretched

First recorded in 1150–1200, wretched is from the Middle English word wrecchede. See wretch, -ed3

SYNONYMS FOR wretched
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.

Related formswretch·ed·ly, adverbwretch·ed·ness, nounun·wretch·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wretchedly

wretched

/ (ˈrɛtʃɪd) /

adjective

in poor or pitiful circumstances
characterized by or causing misery
despicable; base
poor, inferior, or paltry
(prenominal) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable)a wretched nuisance
Derived Formswretchedly, adverbwretchedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for wretchedly

wretched

adj.

c.1200, wrecched, an irregular formation from wrecche "wretch" (see wretch). Cf. also wicked.

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