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 And if those enslaved tried to escape their wretched circumstances? Jamil Smith, Rolling Stone, "George Floyd’s Body Is On Trial For Its Own Murder," 9 Apr. 2021 The only victories so far are those being claimed by the I-told-you-so crowd that thought this team would be wretched. BostonGlobe.com, "How worried should we be about the Red Sox’ 0-3 start?," 5 Apr. 2021 The 49ers don’t currently have a subpar starting quarterback who is part of a wretched roster. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Not so fast: Four reasons why the 49ers should keep Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021," 28 Mar. 2021 Then, after Baylor finally left wretched owner Donald Sterling, the Lakers fans just never seemed to notice him. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Lakers legend Elgin Baylor dies at 86," 23 Mar. 2021 There they were shackled, branded, and caged in wretched pens to await embarkation. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long?," 23 Mar. 2021 That streak of wretched play not so coincidentally coincided with Luka’s darkest days as a Maverick. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "LeBron James has done something the Mavs can’t do this season: Surround Luka Doncic with All-Stars," 5 Mar. 2021 The wretched litany is a nearly Hobbesian nightmare: nasty and brutish, but not short. Sigrid Macrae, Harper's Magazine, "Two Germanys," 16 Mar. 2021 In the first seven minutes of that wretched fourth quarter, the Cavs scored two points, preventing any chance of snapping Atlanta’s winning streak. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ offensive funk continues in 100-82 loss to Atlanta Hawks," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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“Wretched.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wretched. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 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.

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wretchedly adverb
wretchedness noun

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