wretch

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noun \ˈrech\

Definition of wretch

  1. 1 :  a miserable person :  one who is profoundly unhappy or in great misfortune

  2. 2 :  a base, despicable, or vile person

Examples of wretch in a Sentence

  1. The poor wretch lost his job.

  2. the clerk was an ungrateful wretch who stole money from his employer's cash register

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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


WRETCH Defined for English Language Learners

wretch

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Definition of wretch for English Language Learners

  • : a very unhappy or unlucky person

  • : a very bad or unpleasant person


WRETCH Defined for Kids

wretch

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noun \ˈrech\

Definition of wretch for Students

  1. 1 :  a miserable unhappy person

  2. 2 :  a very bad person You're an ungrateful wretch.



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