wretched

adjective
wretch·ed | \ ˈre-chəd \

Definition of wretched 

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

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

3a : being or appearing mean, miserable, or contemptible dressed in wretched old clothes

b : very poor in quality or ability : inferior wretched workmanship

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Other words from wretched

wretchedly adverb
wretchedness noun

Examples of wretched in a Sentence

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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But the pay is wretched and player autonomy near-nonexistent. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Tommy Pham Waited Forever to Make It. Now, He's Got Plenty to Say About His Journey.," 2 Apr. 2018 The Trump team quit the council on account of that body’s fixation with Israel and its inclusion of member states with wretched human rights records. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "U.S. withdrawal from U.N. Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy | Trudy Rubin," 20 June 2018 Perhaps due to this wretched gravity, Hollywood waited a bit longer to cash in on the horror. Travis M. Andrews, chicagotribune.com, "The Thai cave rescue is being made into a movie. As Hollywood's history shows, this was inevitable," 13 July 2018 The script traces the fragmentation of the wealthy, wretched, amoral Essenbeck family during the Nazi party’s rise to power. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 As the holy books show, true messengers of God are a wretched lot—baffled, overwhelmed, resentful, gloomy or embarrassed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 Fewer work out, and this is a monumental task in front of Long, to save football by completing a massive fundraising project for a wretched program, and hire a competent coach to what might be the most difficult job in major college football. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Whit not an All-Star (?), Jeff Long and KU, Chiefs fears, Odom's crossroads," 10 July 2018 However, Boateng has been heavily criticised for his performances at the World Cup, being sent off against Sweden as Die Mannschaft endured a wretched campaign in Russia to crash out in the group stages. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Manager Niko Kovac Confirms Key Defender Will Remain at the Club for Coming Season," 5 July 2018 The macadam on Tenth Street comes out of the winter in wretched condition. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "A street paved with wood? Yes, Boise once had that.," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of wretched

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wretched

Middle English wrecched, expansion (with -ed -ed entry 1) of wrecche, adjective, in same sense, going back to Old English wrecc, derivative from the base of wræcca, wrecce "exile, stranger, despicable person" — more at wretch-

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wretched

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wretched

: very unhappy, ill, etc.

: very bad or unpleasant

: very poor in quality or ability

wretched

adjective
wretch·ed | \ ˈre-chəd \

Kids Definition of wretched

1 : very unhappy or unfortunate : suffering greatly

2 : causing misery or distress wretched living conditions

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

Other words from wretched

wretchedly adverb
wretchedness noun

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