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wretched

adjective

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1 extremely unsatisfactory
  • this report is simply wretched—you'll have to rewrite it

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4 falling short of a standard
  • a wretched attempt at writing an original song

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5 feeling unhappiness
  • she was wretched for weeks after breaking up with her boyfriend

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8 deserving of one's pity
  • those wretched souls who cannot even afford a decent roof over their heads

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9 deserving pitying scorn (as for inadequacy)
  • the pampered socialite complained that the only room available was in a wretched little motel by the highway

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

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“Wretched.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wretched. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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