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>
3 a : being or appearing mean, miserable, or contemptible <dressed in wretched old clothes> b : 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.
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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