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adjective Etymology: Middle English, irregular from wretch Date: 12th century
adj. (wretcheder, wretchedest) 1 unhappy or miserable. 2 of bad quality or no merit; contemptible. 3 unsatisfactory or displeasing. Phrases and idioms: feel wretched 1 be unwell. 2 be much embarrassed. Derivatives: wretchedly adv. wretchedness n. Etymology: ME, irreg. f. WRETCH + -ED(1): cf. WICKED
Wretched Wretch"ed, a. 1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. ``To what wretched state reserved!'' --Milton. O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller.
1. You describe someone as wretched when you feel sorry for them because they are in an unpleasant situation or have suffered unpleasant experiences. (FORMAL) You have built up a huge property empire by buying from wretched people who had to sell or starve. ADJ 2. You use wretched to describe someone or something that you dislike or feel angry with. (INFORMAL) Wretched woman, he thought, why the hell can't she wait?... ADJ: ADJ n [feelings] 3. Someone who feels wretched feels very unhappy. (FORMAL) I feel really confused and wretched... = miserable ADJ
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