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WRETCHED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wretched mean? 

WRETCHED (adjective)
  The adjective WRETCHED has 5 senses:

1. of very poor quality or condition
2. characterized by physical misery
3. very unhappy; full of misery
4. morally reprehensible
5. deserving or inciting pity

  Familiarity information: WRETCHED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


WRETCHED (adjective)


Sense 1wretched [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of very poor quality or condition

Synonyms:

execrable; wretched; woeful; deplorable; miserable

Context examples:

deplorable housing conditions in the inner city / woeful treatment of the accused / woeful errors of judgment

Similar:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)


Sense 2wretched [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by physical misery

Synonyms:

wretched; miserable

Context examples:

a wet miserable weekend / spent a wretched night on the floor

Similar:

uncomfortable (providing or experiencing physical discomfort)


Sense 3wretched [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very unhappy; full of misery

Synonyms:

miserable; suffering; wretched

Context examples:

he felt depressed and miserable / a message of hope for suffering humanity / wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages

Similar:

unhappy (experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent)


Sense 4wretched [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Morally reprehensible

Synonyms:

despicable; vile; slimy; worthless; unworthy; ugly; wretched

Context examples:

would do something as despicable as murder / ugly crimes / the vile development of slavery appalled them / a slimy little liar

Similar:

evil (morally bad or wrong)


Sense 5wretched [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deserving or inciting pity

Synonyms:

hapless; misfortunate; pathetic; piteous; poor; miserable; pitiable; pitiful; wretched

Context examples:

a hapless victim / miserable victims of war / the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic / piteous appeals for help / pitiable homeless children / a pitiful fate / Oh, you poor thing / his poor distorted limbs / a wretched life

Similar:

unfortunate (not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune)


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