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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.
Translations

wretch

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

wretch

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

wretch

n
(miserable) → armer Teufel or Schlucker (inf)
(contemptible) → Wicht m, → Schuft m; (= nuisance)Blodmann 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 ?
" cried Athos, "my son, I entreat you; the wretch is dying, and it is horrible to let a man die without extending a hand to save him.
How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form?
The cruel wretch vouchsafed me not one word of answer, but with a sudden clutch he gripped up two of my men at once and dashed them down upon the ground as though they had been puppies.