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 clothesb : very poor in quality or ability : inferior wretched workmanship
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.
Recent Examples of wretched from the Web
Munoz began his tenure by making friends with United’s employees, an unhappy workforce whose disgruntlement was often manifested in wretched customer relations.
And a Trump win won’t cure some fundamental factors that have helped drive a wretched year for health-care stocks.
Humid blocks packed with wretched bodies wandering.
So while shackles and a whip are shown, the exhibit on slave ships does not try to recreate the wretched conditions.
Denounced for generations by writers and clergy, wretched excess has repelled all assaults.
And while comparison to Charlton Heston could only flatter most actors, Wahlberg's performance in Tim Burton's wretched Planet of the Apes remake was somehow even more Cro-Magnon than his swaggering predecessor's.
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Origin and Etymology of wretched
Middle English, irregular from wretch
First Known Use: 12th century
WRETCHED Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of wretched for Students
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.
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