Etymology
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wretched (adj.)

c. 1200, wrecched, an irregular formation from wrecche "wretch" (see wretch). Also see wicked. Related: Wretchedly; wretchedness.

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Definitions of wretched

wretched (adj.)
of very poor quality or condition;
wretched (adj.)
characterized by physical misery;
spent a wretched night on the floor
Synonyms: miserable
wretched (adj.)
very unhappy; full of misery;
wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages
Synonyms: miserable / suffering
wretched (adj.)
morally reprehensible;
wretched (adj.)
deserving or inciting pity; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy;
a wretched life
Synonyms: hapless / miserable / misfortunate / pathetic / piteous / pitiable / pitiful / poor
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