Webster 1913 Edition
Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.“To what wretched state reserved!”
O cruel! Death! to those you are more kindThe
Than to the
Than to the
wretchedmortals left behind.
wretchedrefuse of your teeming shore . . . –>
Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable;
Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.
Sir P. Sidney.
Nero reigned after this Claudius, of all men
wretchedest, ready to all manner [of] vices.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Very miserable; sunk into deep affliction or distress, either from want, anxiety or grief.
The wretched find no friends.
2.Calamitous; very afflicting; as the wretched condition of slaves in Algiers.
3.Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; as a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
4.Despicable; hatefully vile and contemptible. He was guilty of wretched ingratitude.
- IPA(key): /ˈɹɛtʃɪd/
wretched (comparative wretcheder or more wretched, superlative wretchedest or most wretched)
- Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.
- 1918, Maksim Gorky, chapter 4, in Creatures That Once Were Men, and other stories:
- As for me, I felt wretched and helpless, in the darkness, surrounded with angry waves, whose noise deafened me.
- Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable.
- 1864, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, chapter 1, in Notes from Underground:
- My room is a wretched, horrid one in the outskirts of the town.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
- All those wretched quarrels, in his humble opinion, stirring up bad blood, from some bump of combativeness or gland of some kind, erroneously supposed to be about a punctilio of honour and a flag, […] .
- 2011 April 11, Phil McNulty, “Liverpool 3-0 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
- Mario Balotelli replaced Tevez but his contribution was so negligible that he suffered the indignity of being substituted himself as time ran out, a development that encapsulated a wretched 90 minutes for City and boss Roberto Mancini.
- Jan Hollar authored many wretched poems. Jan Hollar lived in a wretched cabin.
- (obsolete) Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.
- Nouns to which "wretched" is often applied: woman, state, life, condition, creature, man, excess, person, place, world, being, situation, weather, slave, animal, city, village, health, house, town.
- To what wretched state reserved! Milton
- Wretched ungratefulness. Sir Philip Sidney
- Wrechet World King Lear
- See also Wikisaurus:unhappy
- wretched in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- wretched in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- IPA(key): /ɹɛtʃt/
- Misspelling of retched.