wretch


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wretch

an unfortunate or unhappy person
Not to be confused with:
retch – to make efforts to vomit

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 ?
D'Artagnan, however, who had consulted with Aramis, spoke to the poor wretch. "Go away," he said; "your repentance is too recent to inspire confidence.
I stand a wretch, in birth, in wedlock cursed, A parricide, incestuously, triply cursed!
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?
This discovery she imparted to me; and having agreed together that it would be a proper treatment of so vile a Wretch as Macdonald to deprive him of money, perhaps dishonestly gained, it was determined that the next time we should either of us happen to go that way, we would take one or more of the Bank notes from the drawer.
In solitude and obscurity, the miserable wretch sat down in a corner, and covered his face with his hands, and tried to realize what had happened to him.
He stood some time lost in astonishment at this sight; but, as good nature had always the ascendant in his mind, he soon began to be touched with sentiments of compassion for the little wretch before him.
This Andrea was a wretch, a robber, an assassin, and yet his manners showed the effects of a sort of education, if not a complete one; he had been presented to the world with the appearance of an immense fortune, supported by an honorable name.
I am a rascal and in my dotage; I am an unhappy wretch grown old; a tent-cord untwisted, a pierced cuirass, a boot without a sole, a spur without a rowel; -- but do me the pleasure to add one thing."
That force of sex and blood which, in the madness of youth, I had imagined that I had stifled forever had, more than once, convulsively raised the chain of iron vows which bind me, a miserable wretch, to the cold stones of the altar.
By the fireside there is a second man--supposed to be on the watch--fast asleep, poor wretch! at the present moment.
The wickedness of those two wretches came to my poor dear husband's knowledge.
point of the island, I was perfectly confounded and amazed; nor is it possible for me to express the horror of my mind at seeing the shore spread with skulls, hands, feet, and other bones of human bodies; and particularly I observed a place where there had been a fire made, and a circle dug in the earth, like a cockpit, where I supposed the savage wretches had sat down to their human feastings upon the bodies of their fellow-creatures.