1) ADJ-GRADED You describe someone as wretched when you feel sorry for them because they are in an unpleasant situation or have suffered unpleasant experiences. [FORMAL]

You have built up a huge property empire by buying from wretched people who had to sell or starve.

Derived words:
wretchedly ADV ADV adj/-ed, ADV after v

The country's 37 million people are wretchedly poor.

...prisoners living in wretchedly overcrowded conditions.

wretchedness N-UNCOUNT

He does deserve some good luck after so much wretchedness.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who feels wretched feels very unhappy. [FORMAL]

I feel really confused and wretched...

The wretched look on the little girl's face made him sorry.

Derived words:
wretchedly ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV after v

His marriage was wretchedly unhappy...

`I made it all up,' she said wretchedly.

wretchedness N-UNCOUNT

...their shared wretchedness at Werner's death.

3) ADJ-GRADED (emphasis) If you describe something as wretched, you are emphasizing that it is very bad or of very poor quality. [FORMAL]

What a wretched excuse...

The pay has always been wretched.

atrocious, awful
4) ADJ: ADJ n (feelings) You use wretched to describe someone or something that you dislike or feel angry with. [INFORMAL]

Wretched woman, he thought, why the hell can't she wait?...

Theft is something that really disgusts me. It makes me feel hateful towards this whole wretched island.


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