wretched

adjective
wretch·​ed | \ ˈre-chəd How to pronounce wretched (audio) \

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Athletic director Chris Del Conte, in a series of public comments, has talked about how Smart is a good coach, a better person and has battled wretched luck. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "How Shaka Smart, Longhorns try to ignore outside noise about job speculations and longshot NCAA Tournament chances," 29 Feb. 2020 Bong’s Parasite is satire and psychological drama that portrays with devastating plausibility, and with all our wretched idiosyncrasies, the absolute worst of human nature. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What Two Nominations for Best Picture Say About Film," 10 Feb. 2020 None of the wretched outside world is allowed to seep inside. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Lay Off the Bears Kicker!," 7 Jan. 2019 While funds are now pouring into these facilities, with a mandate that staff spend the money quickly, conditions have historically been wretched. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime," 7 Jan. 2020 The real and wretched problem, of course, was that the lake itself was polluted—and individuals can't sue over that. Clive Thompson, Wired, "Nature Deserves Legal Rights—and the Power to Fight Back," 17 Dec. 2019 The club have taken just nine points from eight Premier League games so far, while the run of wretched form stretches back to the closing stages of the 2018/19 campaign. SI.com, "Exclusive: Manchester United's Stance on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Potential Replacements & Recent Form," 17 Oct. 2019 The Lib Dems, whose leader Jo Swinson helped to bring forward an early election, had a wretched night. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s big win," 13 Dec. 2019 Consider how many wretched teams there have been in the last 30 years. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "NFL power rankings for Week 15: Ravens and 49ers take top 2 spots, while the Bears inch up to No. 14," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of wretched was in the 12th century

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10 Mar 2020

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“Wretched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wretched. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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wretched

adjective
How to pronounce wretched (audio)

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 How to pronounce wretched (audio) \

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

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wretchedness noun

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