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wretched
used in Great Expectations

26 uses
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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."
  • It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet; and mud, mud, mud, deep in all the streets.
    Chapter 39 (4% in)
wretched = miserable
  • You'd be but a fierce young hound indeed, if at your time of life you could help to hunt a wretched varmint hunted as near death and dunghill as this poor wretched varmint is!"
    Chapter 3 (55% in)
  • You'd be but a fierce young hound indeed, if at your time of life you could help to hunt a wretched varmint hunted as near death and dunghill as this poor wretched varmint is!"
    Chapter 3 (56% in)
  • The wretched man trifled with his glass,—took it up, looked at it through the light, put it down,—prolonged my misery.
    Chapter 4 (80% in)
  • I considered Mr. Pumblechook wretched company.
    Chapter 8 (8% in)
  • Finally, I remember that when I got into my little bedroom, I was truly wretched, and had a strong conviction on me that I should never like Joe's trade.
    Chapter 13 (99% in)
  • What could the wretched Joe do now, after his disregarded parenthetical interruptions, but stand up to his journeyman, and ask him what he meant by interfering betwixt himself and Mrs. Joe; and further whether he was man enough to come on?
    Chapter 15 (56% in)
  • Truly it was impossible to dissociate her presence from all those wretched hankerings after money and gentility that had disturbed my boyhood, —from all those ill-regulated aspirations that had first made me ashamed of home and Joe,—from all those visions that had raised her face in the glowing fire, struck it out of the iron on the anvil, extracted it from the darkness of night to look in at the wooden window of the forge, and flit away.
    Chapter 29 (35% in)
  • Wretched boy!
    Chapter 29 (60% in)
  • I saw in this, wretched though it made me, and bitter the sense of dependence and even of degradation that it awakened,—I saw in this that Estella was set to wreak Miss Havisham's revenge on men, and that she was not to be given to me until she had gratified it for a term.
    Chapter 38 (22% in)
  • Where I took her into this wretched breast when it was first bleeding from its stabs, and where I have lavished years of tenderness upon her!
    Chapter 38 (36% in)
  • It makes me wretched that you should encourage a man so generally despised as Drummle.
    Chapter 38 (88% in)
  • Then, that is why it makes me wretched.
    Chapter 38 (91% in)
  • Now, if I could have believed that she favored Drummle with any idea of making me-me—wretched, I should have been in better heart about it; but in that habitual way of hers, she put me so entirely out of the question, that I could believe nothing of the kind.
    Chapter 38 (91% in)
  • Nothing was needed but this; the wretched man, after loading wretched me with his gold and silver chains for years, had risked his life to come to me, and I held it there in my keeping!
    Chapter 39 (83% in)
  • Nothing was needed but this; the wretched man, after loading wretched me with his gold and silver chains for years, had risked his life to come to me, and I held it there in my keeping!
    Chapter 39 (83% in)
  • The imaginary student pursued by the misshapen creature he had impiously made, was not more wretched than I, pursued by the creature who had made me, and recoiling from him with a stronger repulsion, the more he admired me and the fonder he was of me.
    Chapter 40 (93% in)
  • I said to Herbert, meanwhile, that even if Provis were recognized and taken, in spite of himself, I should be wretched as the cause, however innocently.
    Chapter 41 (63% in)
  • Yes; even though I was so wretched in having him at large and near me, and even though I would far rather have worked at the forge all the days of my life than I would ever have come to this!
    Chapter 41 (64% in)
  • It was a sort of vault on the ground floor at the back, with a despotic monster of a four-post bedstead in it, straddling over the whole place, putting one of his arbitrary legs into the fireplace and another into the doorway, and squeezing the wretched little washing-stand in quite a Divinely Righteous manner.
    Chapter 45 (4% in)
  • When I had got into bed, and lay there footsore, weary, and wretched, I found that I could no more close my own eyes than I could close the eyes of this foolish Argus.
    Chapter 45 (8% in)
  • Why I hoarded up this last wretched little rag of the robe of hope that was rent and given to the winds, how do I know?
    Chapter 47 (10% in)
  • "Now, whether," pursued Herbert, "he had used the child's mother ill, or whether he had used the child's mother well, Provis doesn't say; but she had shared some four or five years of the wretched life he described to us at this fireside, and he seems to have felt pity for her, and forbearance towards her.
    Chapter 50 (74% in)
  • It was remarkable (but perhaps the wretched life he had led accounted for it) that he was the least anxious of any of us.
    Chapter 54 (20% in)
  • Among the wretched creatures before him whom he must single out for special address was one who almost from his infancy had been an offender against the laws; who, after repeated imprisonments and punishments, had been at length sentenced to exile for a term of years; and who, under circumstances of great violence and daring, had made his escape and been re-sentenced to exile for life.
    Chapter 56 (36% in)
  • It was the subject of the only determined resistance I made in all the wretched years.
    Chapter 59 (75% in)

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