Definition of wretched
- was in wretched health
- a wretched accident
- dressed in wretched old clothes
- wretched workmanship
The slums were filled with poor, wretched children.
I don't know what's wrong with her, but she looks wretched.
families living in wretched poverty
the wretched conditions of the refugee camp
How did we get into this wretched state of affairs?
What a wretched performance that was.
That movie was positively wretched.
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: very unhappy, ill, etc.
: very bad or unpleasant
: very poor in quality or ability
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