Definition of wretch
1 : a miserable person : one who is profoundly unhappy or in great misfortune
2 : a base, despicable, or vile person
Examples of wretch in a Sentence
The poor wretch lost his job.
the clerk was an ungrateful wretch who stole money from his employer's cash register
Recent Examples of wretch from the Web
One of the police said, ‘Let these wretches suffer.
Only an actor of Hoffman's caliber could've imbued such a wretch with that sort of complexity, even dignity.
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Origin and Etymology of wretch
Middle English wrecche, from Old English wrecca outcast, exile; akin to Old High German hrechjo fugitive, Old English wrecan to drive, drive out — more at wreak
First Known Use: before 12th century
WRETCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wretch for English Language Learners
: a very unhappy or unlucky person
: a very bad or unpleasant person
WRETCH Defined for Kids
Definition of wretch for Students
1 : a miserable unhappy person
2 : a very bad person You're an ungrateful wretch.
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