wretched

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adjective wretch·ed \ˈre-chəd\

Definition of wretched

  1. 1 :  deeply afflicted, dejected, or distressed in body or mind

  2. 2 :  extremely or deplorably bad or distressing was in wretched health a wretched accident

  3. 3a :  being or appearing mean, miserable, or contemptible dressed in wretched old clothesb :  very poor in quality or ability :  inferior wretched workmanship

wretchedly

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wretchedness

noun

Examples of wretched in a Sentence

  1. The slums were filled with poor, wretched children.

  2. I don't know what's wrong with her, but she looks wretched.

  3. families living in wretched poverty

  4. the wretched conditions of the refugee camp

  5. How did we get into this wretched state of affairs?

  6. What a wretched performance that was.

  7. That movie was positively wretched.

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Origin and Etymology of wretched

Middle English, irregular from wretch


WRETCHED Defined for English Language Learners

wretched

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Definition of wretched for English Language Learners

  • : very unhappy, ill, etc.

  • : very bad or unpleasant

  • : very poor in quality or ability


WRETCHED Defined for Kids

wretched

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adjective wretch·ed \ˈre-chəd\

Definition of wretched for Students

  1. 1 :  very unhappy or unfortunate :  suffering greatly

  2. 2 :  causing misery or distress wretched living conditions

  3. 3 :  of very poor quality :  inferior wretched food I have a wretched memory.

wretchedly

adverb

wretchedness

noun


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