adjective (wretcheder, wretchedest)
- 1(Of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state: I felt so wretched because I thought I might never see you againMore example sentences
miserable, unhappy, sad, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, grieving, sorrowful, sorrowing, mourning, anguished, distressed, desolate, devastated, despairing, inconsolable, disconsolate, downcast, down, downhearted, dejected, crestfallen, cheerless, depressed, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, mournful, doleful, dismal, forlorn, woeful, woebegone, abject, low-spirited, long-facedBritish • informal gutted• literary dolorous• archaic chap-fallenunfortunate, unlucky, luckless, down on one's luck, ill-starred, star-crossed, damned, blighted, hapless, poor, pitiable, distressed, downtrodden, oppressed, powerless, helpless
- But he doesn't make you think that the people were a poor, wretched mass of unwashed humanity.
- You aren't the complicated villain nor the wretched hero.
- Harry's wretched past revisits him vividly, trailing behind it issues of betrayal, death, punishment and revenge.
- 1.1Of poor quality; very bad: the wretched conditions of the slumsMore example sentences
harsh, hard, grim, stark, difficult; poor, poverty-stricken, run down, down at heel, impoverished; pitiful, piteous, pathetic, tragic, miserable, bleak, cheerless, hopeless, sorry, sordid, shabby, seedy, dilapidated, shoddy, godforsakenBritish • informal grottyterrible, awful, dire, dreadful, atrocious, unspeakable, dismal, bad, poor, lamentable, deplorable, unsatisfactory, substandard, low-quality, inferior
- They lived in tenements and shanties of poor repair with wretched sanitary conditions.
- His son, Seebohm, had done more than anyone to expose the wretched living conditions of the poor in his 1901 treatise on the slums of York.
- Three times the tie has been called off by wretched weather, but all the signs indicate the game at Netherfield Road will at last be played tonight at the fourth time of asking.
- 1.2Used to express anger or annoyance: she disliked the wretched man intenselyMore example sentences
despicable, contemptible, beyond contempt, reprehensible, base, low, vile, mean, scurvy, abominable, loathsome, hateful, detestable, odious, disreputable, depraved, debased, infamous, villainous, ignoble, shameful, shabby, worthlessBritish • informal beastlyBritish • informal flipping, blinking, blooming, blimming, bloody, bleeding, effing, naffing, chuffingNorth American • informal goddamAustralian/New Zealand • informal plurryBritish • vulgar slang soddingIrish • vulgar slang fecking
- The development will be seen as evidence of the wretched luck which has dogged the Holyrood project.
- I fear the worst is yet to come, for now she has brought Father into the wretched business.
- I plopped onto the couch and that wretched dog hopped up next to me and began to bark.
- [as submodifier]: a wretchedly poor countryMore example sentences
- Michele's village is obviously and wretchedly poor.
- I felt wretchedly horrible and I really did believe it was partly my fault Will was here in the hospital and he was paralysed.
- But it stressed that, despite the improvement, the amount fell wretchedly short of what was needed - and warned that some countries had been so crippled by the pandemic that they risked instability.
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- But, he failed to mention that, with that knowledge comes misery and wretchedness, pain and suffering.
- But the statistics alone, as horrifying as they are, hardly convey the trauma, pain and wretchedness of the victims.
- On visits to the West of Ireland in 1847 he saw scenes of such misery and wretchedness that ‘might have driven a wise man mad.’