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wretch·ed

 (rĕch′ĭd)
adj. wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est
1. In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable: "the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages" (George Orwell).
2. Characterized by or attended with misery or woe: a wretched life.
3. Of a poor or mean character; dismal: a wretched building.
4. Contemptible; despicable: wretched treatment of the patients.
5. Of very inferior quality: wretched prose.

[Middle English wrecched, from wrecche, wretch; see wretch.]

wretch′ed·ly adv.
wretch′ed·ness n.

wretched

(ˈrɛtʃɪd)
adj
1. in poor or pitiful circumstances
2. characterized by or causing misery
3. despicable; base
4. poor, inferior, or paltry
5. (prenominal) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable): a wretched nuisance.
ˈwretchedly adv
ˈwretchedness n

wretch•ed

(ˈrɛtʃ ɪd)

adj.
1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; pitiable.
2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow; miserable.
3. despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.
4. pitiful or worthless; inferior: a wretched job of sewing.
[1150–1200; Middle English wrecchede. See wretch, -ed3]
wretch′ed•ly, adv.
wretch′ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wretched - of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"
inferior - of low or inferior quality
2.wretched - characterized by physical misery; "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor"
uncomfortable - providing or experiencing physical discomfort; "an uncomfortable chair"; "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"
3.wretched - very unhappywretched - very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
4.wretched - morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"
evil - morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
5.wretched - deserving or inciting pitywretched - deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

wretched

adjective
1. unfortunate, poor, sorry, hapless, pitiful, luckless, star-crossed, pitiable wretched people living in abject poverty
4. shameful, mean, low, base, shabby, vile, low-down (informal), paltry, despicable, contemptible, scurvy, crappy (slang), poxy (slang) Politicians - I hate the whole wretched lot of them.
shameful decent, worthy, noble, admirable
5. ill, poorly, sick, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), sickly, unwell, off colour (Brit. informal), under the weather (informal) The flu was making him feel absolutely wretched.

wretched

adjective
2. Suffering from usually prolonged anguish:
3. Having a painful ailment:
Translations
بائِس، تَعيستَعِس، رَديء النَّوْع
elendigforbandet
nyamvadt
bölvaîurlélegur, ömurlegur
beden
Allahın cezasıkör olasıperişanpissefil

wretched

[ˈretʃɪd] ADJ
1. (= unhappy) → desdichado, desgraciado
2. (= abject, poor) [condition] → miserable, lamentable; [slum] → lamentable; [life, existence] → miserable, desgraciado, infeliz
to live in wretched povertyvivir en la miseria más absoluta
3. (= very bad) → horrible, espantoso
what wretched luck!¡maldita la suerte!
where's that wretched dog!¡dónde está ese maldito or condenado perro!
to feel wretched (= miserable) → sentirse infeliz; (= ill) → sentirse muy mal

wretched

[ˈrɛtʃɪd] adj
(= miserable) [person, animal] → misérable often before n; [conditions, life] → misérable
(= lousy) [pay, performance, week, day] → misérable
(= annoying) → maudit(e) before n
(= ill) to feel wretched → se sentir terriblement mal
(= unhappy) → malheureux/euse
to feel wretched (= unhappy, ashamed) → être malheureux/euse
to feel wretched about sth → être malheureux/euse de qch

wretched

adj
elend; conditions, lifeelend, erbärmlich; clothingerbärmlich; (= unhappy, depressed)(tod)unglücklich; I feel wretched (= ill)mir geht es miserabel (inf), → ich fühle mich elend; I feel wretched about having to say noes tut mir in der Seele weh, dass ich Nein or nein sagen muss
(= very bad) housing conditions, weather, novel, playererbärmlich, miserabel (inf); (inf: = damned) → verflixt, elend, Mist- (all inf); what a wretched thing to do!so etwas Schäbiges!; what wretched luck!was für ein verflixtes or elendes Pech (inf)

wretched

[ˈrɛtʃɪd] adj
a. (house, conditions) → misero/a, disgraziato/a; (life) → gramo/a; (pittance) → misero/a; (unhappy, depressed) → infelice, triste
I feel wretched (fam) (ill) → sto malissimo
b. (fam) (very bad, weather, behaviour) → pessimo/a, atroce; (holiday) → orrendo/a, orribile; (results) → pessimo/a; (child) → pestifero/a
I feel wretched about it (fam) (conscience-stricken) → mi sento un verme
what wretched luck! (fam) → che scalogna!
where's that wretched dog? (fam) → dov'è quel maledetto cane?

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 ?
Here, where the hand of violence shed the blood of the innocent; where the horrid yells of savages, and the groans of the distressed, sounded in our ears, we now hear the praises and adoration of our Creator; where wretched wigwams stood, the miserable abodes of savages, we behold the foundations of cities laid, that, in all probability, will rival the glory of the greatest upon earth.
the butt of his friends, the chartered oracle of the barrooms, even in whose wretched vanity there was always the haunting suspicion that he was despised and scorned; he, who had dared so much in speech, and achieved so little in fact
And then it is a wretched thought that you should fling away your young days in a place like this.
It was not merely during the three hours and a half which Uncle Sam claimed as his share of my daily life that this wretched numbness held possession of me.
The wretched child had spoken exactly as if she had got from some outside source each of her stabbing little words, and I could therefore, in the full despair of all I had to accept, but sadly shake my head at her.
Ha, Ishmael, muttered I, backing out, Wretched entertainment at the sign of The Trap
And to the importunity of their persisted questionings he had finally given in; and so it came to pass that every one now knew the shameful story of his wretched fate.
They were on a street which seemed to run on forever, mile after mile--thirty-four of them, if they had known it--and each side of it one uninterrupted row of wretched little two-story frame buildings.
Here she was, with her wretched health, and her only darling child going down to the grave before her eyes;"--and Marie routed up Mammy nights, and rumpussed and scolded, with more energy than ever, all day, on the strength of this new misery.
At intervals we passed a wretched cabin, with a thatched roof, and about it small fields and garden patches in an indifferent state of cultivation.
How different is this marvel observed from a raft, from what it is when one observes it through the dingy windows of a railway-station in some wretched village while he munches a petrified sandwich and waits for the train.
At ten that night he climbed the ladder in the haunted house, pale, weak, and wretched.