wretched

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adjective, wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est.
  1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
  2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
  3. despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.
  4. poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless: a wretched job of sewing.

Origin of wretched

First recorded in 1150–1200, wretched is from the Middle English word wrecchede. See wretch, -ed3
Related formswretch·ed·ly, adverbwretch·ed·ness, nounun·wretch·ed, adjective

Synonyms for 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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Contemporary Examples of wretchedly

Historical Examples of wretchedly

  • The Earthmen were pitifully few, only thirty of them, and wretchedly armed.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • 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

    Edgar Saltus

  • The service was wretchedly conducted; hardly any music, and not a flower to speak of.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for wretchedly

wretched

adjective
  1. in poor or pitiful circumstances
  2. characterized by or causing misery
  3. despicable; base
  4. poor, inferior, or paltry
  5. (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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