adjective Etymology: Middle English, irregular from wretch Date: 12th century 1. deeply afflicted, dejected, or distressed in body or mind 2. extremely or deplorably bad or distressing <
was in wretched health
a wretched accident
3. a. being or appearing mean, miserable, or contemptible <
dressed in wretched old clothes
b. very poor in quality or ability ; inferior <
wretched workmanship
wretchedly adverbwretchedness noun

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  • wretched — ► ADJECTIVE (wretcheder, wretchedest) 1) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state; miserable. 2) of poor quality; very bad. 3) used to express anger or annoyance: she disliked the wretched man intensely. DERIVATIVES wretchedly adverb wretchedness …   English terms dictionary

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  • wretched — [[t]re̱tʃɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED You describe someone as wretched when you feel sorry for them because they are in an unpleasant situation or have suffered unpleasant experiences. [FORMAL] You have built up a huge property empire by buying from… …   English dictionary

  • wretched — adjective 1) I felt so wretched without you Syn: miserable, unhappy, sad, heartbroken, grief stricken, sorrowful, sorry for oneself, distressed, desolate, devastated, despairing, disconsolate, downcast, dejected, crestfallen, cheerless …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • wretched — wretch|ed [ˈretʃıd] adj [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: wretch] 1.) someone who is wretched is very unhappy or ill, and you feel sorry for them ▪ the poor, wretched girl 2.) if you feel wretched, you feel guilty and unhappy because of something bad… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wretched — wretchedly, adv. wretchedness, n. /rech id/, adj., wretcheder, wretchedest. 1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable. 2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow. 3. despicable, contemptible, or mean: a… …   Universalium

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