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Pity the poor wretch.
  someone  you feel sorry for


a person of bad character
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Strongly Associated with:   retch, wretched
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  • Pity the poor wretch.
  • If you pay the blackmail, you will remain at the mercy of the unscrupulous wretch.
  • But it is true that I am a wretch.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The little wretch would give me away.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • But just as Bilbo was beginning to hope that the wretch would not be able to answer, Gollum brought up memories of...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Why don’t you cry again, you little wretch?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And can you love such a mean wretch?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Don’t you stir a step, you little wretch!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • But he’s a wretch, you alone don’t know it!
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • I remember being told of a poor wretch I once knew, who had died of hunger.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot

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  • I know a poor wretch whose one desire in life is to run away from his wife.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Did he not, in the old days during the Depression, knock on tenant-cabin doors at midnight, did he not drum it into the head of every ignorant hungry wretch who accepted public assistance, whether job or relief money, that his vote was Willoughby’s?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Since I am deprived of company and entertainment, this act of kindness is the least someone of your importance could deign to bestow upon a lowly, miserable wretch such as I. Yours most truly, Celaena Sardothien
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "AND ALL BECAUSE OF THAT STUBBORN WRETCH AZAZ," roared the Mathemagician, completely overwhelming the bug, for now his sadness had changed to fury and he stalked about the room adding up anger and multiplying wrath.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Suffice it to say that occasionally, even today, if some poor, raggedy, nicotine-stained wretch is seen shuffling through town, word will spread that this once was a bright, happy, normal child who had the misfortune of blundering onto Finsterwald’s property.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • The poor wretch was roasted alive.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • But Mama yanked down on his bridle and said, "Jumper, you wretch!"
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • She almost feels sorry for him, the pusillanimous wretch.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Whenever a human being left the front door of his house, legions of mosquitoes with their hypodermic snouts would cover the wretch from head to foot.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Talk about your lovesick fool, how I exemplified such a wretch!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "So that’s what became of my good physick, ye young wretch!"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Tjaden wins of course, the lucky wretch.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "The poor wretch!" exclaimed Passepartout, "to be burned alive!"
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The question now is, what shall we do with this poor wretch’s body?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I wish I could lay my hands on the wretch.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ungrateful wretch!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Were I an atheist—a man devoid of conscience—a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts—I might have found peace long ere now.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We say to ourselves that we are a wretch and a traitor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • What profane wretch art thou?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Because I get it back from the worthless wretch who stole it, from the woman who robbed the dead and the living.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The frustrated wretch who professes love for the inferior and clings to those less endowed, in order to establish his own superiority by comparison.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I am sorry for thee; thou art come to answer A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch, Uncapable of pity, void and empty From any dram of mercy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Now the wasted brands do glow, Whilst the scritch-owl, scritching loud, Puts the wretch that lies in woe In remembrance of a shroud.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Tom was touched, for he knew by his own experience how this wretch had suffered.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • "The wretch!" said Mrs. Shelby, vehemently.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • And how the wretch that did it escaped scot-free!
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • For on the night when Noah was born, Pa, frightened at the spreading thighs, alone in the house, and horrified at the screaming wretch his wife had become, went mad with apprehension.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • In fact, in the whole of that floor there was no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, it seems, made his home there.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • This woman’s back, for weeks, was kept literally raw, made so by the lash of this merciless, religious wretch.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Stand there, poor wretch!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • He would fight, but only as one guilty wretch against the others.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit; Wilt thou not, Jule?’ and, by my holidame, The pretty wretch left crying, and said ’Ay:’ To see now how a jest shall come about!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Never in his whole life had M. Geborand bestowed alms on any poor wretch.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Good God, are you planning to slit me open, you little wretch?" she snapped at him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • —’Wretch!’ returned the old man, ’what hast thou done?’ and he gazed with terror on Rita, pale and bloody, a knife buried in her bosom.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • By the way, Planchet, I think you are right with respect to our host, and that he is decidedly a frightfully low wretch.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • If the din meant that now his army’s flags were tilted forward he was a condemned wretch.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • ’But the horrible wretch is never going to swallow him all at once, father?’ cried Jack.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I will deal with this wretch.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • A stranger is a stranger, be he rich or poor: it will not suit me to permit any one the range of the place while I am off guard!’ said the unmannerly wretch.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
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Associated words [difficulty]:   wretch [3] , retch [2] , wretched [1]
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