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Definition very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
  • The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
  • She wrote a book about the wretched excess on Wall Street.
  • wretched = very bad
  • The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.
  • wretched = unfortunate or miserable
  • Does this mean we have to go the whole wretched way on foot again?
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • wretched = miserable
  • 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
  • wretched = miserable
  • It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • wretched = miserable
  • 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
  • wretched = unfortunate or miserable
  • From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • wretched = unfortunate or miserable
  • I never saw a man in so wretched a condition.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • wretched = miserable
  •   I sat there numb with horror. Wretched with helplessness. And I listened as Rosemary told them she would prefer to inject herself. Then she did so. I didn't watch. I looked away.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • wretched = miserable
  • It made him remember things, and he became so wretched that he was ill.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • wretched = miserable
  • Then Tirian rushed upon the wretched creature, picked it up by the scruff of the neck,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • wretched = bad
  • "Yes, wretched we are, precious," he whined.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • wretched = unfortunate and miserable
  • 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
  • wretched = person of bad character
  • ...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
  • wretched = unfortunate
  • Why, O why did I ever bring a wretched little hobbit on a treasure hunt!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • wretched = miserable
  • O wretched countrymen!
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • wretched = unfortunate
  • Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • wretched = miserable
  • Hear him not; call on the names of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, my father, and of the wretched Victor, and thrust your sword into his heart.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • wretched = miserable
  • With new courage, therefore, I pressed on, and in two days arrived at a wretched hamlet on the seashore.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
wretched = miserable

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