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used in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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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 must be those wretched gipsies in the plantation.
    Adventure VIII — The Adventure of the Speckled Band (25% in)
  • A search was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our threats.
    Adventure XI — The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (40% in)

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