The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.
At this result Mr. Covey seemed to be highly pleased, both with the man and the wretched woman.
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Why, O why did I ever bring a wretched little hobbit on a treasure hunt!
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Hobbit
...the wretched boy was being sucked closer and closer towards the mouth of one of the great pipes that was dangling down into the river.
Roald Dahl -- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Does this mean we have to go the whole wretched way on foot again?
Cornelia Funke -- Inkheart
She did not mean to hide in the wardrobe, because she knew that would only set the others talking again about the whole wretched business.
C.S. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
It made him remember things, and he became so wretched that he was ill.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
"Yes, wretched we are, precious," he whined.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Two Towers
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Then Tirian rushed upon the wretched creature, picked it up by the scruff of the neck,
C.S. Lewis -- The Last Battle
One or two tried to make friends with him, but he was too tired and too wretched to accept their advances.
W. Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage
O wretched countrymen!
Virgil -- The Aeneid
A wretched part of me wants to do it stealthily.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
And terrible, horrible, awful sounds filled the air, like the wretched squeals of animals being tortured.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
A wretched squeal escaped his throat as he fell to the floor, writhing in a web of pure electricity.
James Dashner -- The Death Cure
I didn’t have words for how wretched that girl was.
Kiera Cass -- The Heir
Jace looked wretched.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Heavenly Fire
Soon the monsters were gone and only the pitiful, wretched form of their friend lay on the ground.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
His mom paused, and lie could just feel her wretched pity.
John Green -- An Abundance of Katherines
She didn’t glance at him, because besides loathing him and finding his face weak and his eyes shifty, besides being sure she’d never need to see that wretched face again, she had work to do.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
I was wretched looking, damp from rain and dust-covered and squatting in a mound of debris.
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The wretched fact that we were separated and it was all my fault was impossible to deny, but when I found the right Hallmark greeting in the free collection handed out via the chapel, I felt a tiny bit better.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Bite and break you, if you gave me half an hour I would do such things that these wretched gawping peasants would go mad with fear.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Mostly it’s single parents or teens who have bought an orange drink or cinnamon bun at the food court, strutting about for nothing better to do, or the people my age and beyond, who gather beneath the central glass dome of the mall, sitting on the benches set beneath the artificial palms, which replaced the real ones that looked wretched from Grand Opening day and finally died last year.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
I’m an evil, worthless, wretched girl."
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
He’s a wealthy young man, despite it all, and that wretched Alicia running off with his friend had made him feel about as worthless as anyone in his position could feel.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
The next few minutes were wretched ones indeed.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
She cocked her head, now keenly aware of her wretched dirtiness.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
I am the most wretched of creatures.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
He helped May Belle wrap her wretched little gifts and even sang "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with her and Joyce Ann.
Katherine Paterson -- Bridge to Terabithia
The wretched female inhabitants were rushing out almost naked, imploring spectators to help them on with their burdens of bed quilts, cane-bottomed chairs, iron kettles, etc. Drays were thundering along in the single procession which the narrowness of the street allowed, and all was confusion.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
Rows of wretched souls sat hunched on wooden benches.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
None of them got such a wretched job as hers.
Jeanne DuPrau -- The City of Ember
For him, Emma Lazarus’s poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty summarized one of the things that made America great: GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE. SEND THESE, THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST-TOST TO ME, I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR! So Goins wasn’t about to turn anyone away.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
Werner tries to float images in front of his eyes, but the only ones that come are wretched: the hauling machine above Pit Nine; the hunched miners walking as if they dragged the weight of enormous chains.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
A moment later her face contorts in the most wretched expression and her hand goes to her mouth, and I look away because just seeing it feels like an invasion.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
Make these miserable, wretched dogs proud and healthy.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
It was this wretched room then—it was always dark in this little cupboard of a kitchen.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
I could see the apology written there, the wretched guilt, and was surprised to find my heart could break even that bit more.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
That was no doubt why the region had provided so many slaves in the old days: slave peoples are physically wretched, half-men in everything except in their capacity to breed the next generation.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Mary in her anguish on Calvary could not have made a more wretched noise.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
These were the wretched souls who would be thrown into the arena with Cyclops tomorrow.
Lauren Tarshis -- I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
"Wretched clock," Becky muttered.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Chains
"Don’t play with me, you wretched girl—"
Lemony Snicket -- The Wide Window
Angry and miserable to start with, Jamie grew more wretched each day.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The Silvers don’t bat an eye at any of it, complaining about the "wretched conditions."
Victoria Aveyard -- Red Queen
They have killed her father in those wretched mines.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror.
George Orwell -- 1984
The wretched insects sucked life from him faster than he could replenish it.