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wretch

 (rĕch)
n.
1. A miserable, unfortunate, or unhappy person.
2. A person regarded as base, mean, or despicable: "a stony adversary, an inhuman wretch" (Shakespeare).

[Middle English wrecche, from Old English wrecca, exiles, wretch.]

wretch

(rɛtʃ)
n
1. a despicable person
2. a person pitied for his misfortune
[Old English wrecca; related to Old Saxon wrekkeo, Old High German reccheo (German Recke warrior), Old Norse rek(n)ingr]

wretch

(rɛtʃ)

n.
1. a deplorably unfortunate or unhappy person.
2. a person of despicable or base character.
[before 900; Middle English wrecche, Old English wrecca miserable person, exile, c. Old Saxon wrekkio, Old High German reccheo]
retch, wretch - Retch is the verb to vomit or gag; wretch is a noun for a pitiable person.
See also related terms for vomit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wretch - performs some wicked deed
miscreant, reprobate - a person without moral scruples
2.wretch - someone you feel sorry forwretch - someone you feel sorry for    
victim - an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

wretch

noun
1. poor thing, unfortunate, poor soul, poor devil (informal), miserable creature Before the wretch had time to reply, he was shot.
2. scoundrel, rat (informal), shit (taboo slang), worm, bastard (offensive), villain, rogue, bugger (taboo slang), outcast, swine, rascal, son-of-a-bitch (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), asshole (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), profligate, turd (taboo slang), vagabond, ruffian, motherfucker (taboo slang, chiefly U.S.), cur, rotter (slang, chiefly Brit.), scumbag (slang), good-for-nothing, miscreant, bad egg (old-fashioned informal), blackguard, mother (taboo slang, chiefly U.S.), cocksucker (taboo slang), asswipe (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), wrong 'un (informal) I think he's a mean-minded, vindictive old wretch.

wretch

noun
A person living under very unhappy circumstances:
Translations
مَخْلوق بائِس، صُعْلوكوَغْد، دنيء
stakkelstymper
hitvány emberszerencsétlen alak
aumingi, óòokkivesalingur
nepasisekimasnetikusiai
bēdulisnabadziņšnelaimīgaisnelietis
köftehorsefil yaratıkzavallı kimse

wretch

[retʃ] Ndesgraciado/a m/f, miserable mf
little wretch (often hum) → pícaro/a m/f, granuja mf
some poor wretchalgún desgraciado, algún pobre diablo

wretch

[ˈrɛtʃ] n
(= unfortunate person) → malheureux/euse m/f
poor wretch → pauvre malheureux/euse m/f
(often humorous) (= bad person) → misérable mf
little wretch! → petit(e) misérable!

wretch

n
(miserable) → armer Teufel or Schlucker (inf)
(contemptible) → Wicht m, → Schuft m; (= nuisance)Blödmann m (inf); (= child)Schlingel m

wretch

[rɛtʃ] ndisgraziato/a, sciagurato/a
little wretch! (often) (hum) → birbante!

wretch

(retʃ) noun
1. a miserable, unhappy creature. The poor wretch!
2. a name used in annoyance or anger. You wretch!
wretched (ˈretʃid) adjective
1. very poor or miserable. They live in a wretched little house.
2. used in annoyance. This wretched machine won't work!
ˈwretchedly adverb
ˈwretchedness noun
References in classic literature ?
Call yourself any names you like, but I am neither a rascal nor a wretch and I don't choose to be called so.
Now, Phoebe's presence made a home about her,--that very sphere which the outcast, the prisoner, the potentate,--the wretch beneath mankind, the wretch aside from it, or the wretch above it, --instinctively pines after,--a home
Were I an atheist -- a man devoid of conscience -- a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts -- I might have found peace long ere now.
I can't express what followed it save by saying that the silence itself-- which was indeed in a manner an attestation of my strength-- became the element into which I saw the figure disappear; in which I definitely saw it turn as I might have seen the low wretch to which it had once belonged turn on receipt of an order, and pass, with my eyes on the villainous back that no hunch could have more disfigured, straight down the staircase and into the darkness in which the next bend was lost.
And this wretch owns that good, faithful Tom, and Eliza's child
Marry, NO man SAW the killing, but this Unknown saw this hardy wretch near to the spot where the stag lay, and came with right loyal zeal and betrayed him to the forester.
Tom was touched, for he knew by his own experience how this wretch had suffered.
He was known to us all as being a most cruel wretch,--a common drunk- ard, who had, by his reckless mismanagement and profligate dissipation, already wasted a large por- tion of his father's property.
Goddard's today; and she may be detained by a visitor, without thinking him at all a tiresome wretch.
This girl," he continued, looking at me, "knew no more than you, Wood, of the disgusting secret: she thought all was fair and legal and never dreamt she was going to be entrapped into a feigned union with a defrauded wretch, already bound to a bad, mad, and embruted partner
An hour or two hence, and the low companions and low habits that I scorn but yield to, will render me less worth such tears as those, than any wretch who creeps along the streets.
If the poor wretch waked in the flames and perished, no one cared.