Definition of wretched in English:

wretched

Syllabification: wretch·ed
Pronunciation: /ˈreCHid
 
/

adjective (wretcheder, wretchedest)

Derivatives

wretchedly

adverb
[as submodifier]: a wretchedly poor country
More 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.

wretchedness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.’

Origin

Middle English: formed irregularly from wretch + -ed1.

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