Adjective "wretched" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.
  1. 'Harry's wretched past revisits him vividly, trailing behind it issues of betrayal, death, punishment and revenge.'
  2. 'But he doesn't make you think that the people were a poor, wretched mass of unwashed humanity.'
  3. 'He was taken aback by the sheer number of places they had found containing such wretched people.'
  4. 'The role of A Vijayaraghavan, MP, was significant in securing Indian citizenship for these wretched people.'
  5. 'Pentheus tore away his headband from his hair, and ripped the feminine disguise from his frame that his wretched mother might recognize him!'
  6. 'When these wretched people arrived at Grosse Ile it was ill-equipped to deal with such a humanitarian disaster.'
  7. 'Her eyes had widened considerably upon taking in the sight the wretched man, and she feared she might be sick from looking at his numerous injuries.'
  8. 'Although they were all being tenderly cared for by wonderful nurses, with plenty of personal attention and attempts to comfort and stimulate them, they were absolutely wretched.'
  9. 'Needless to say, Zinfer's very first day on Planet Earth had turned out to be an unbelievably wretched experience for the poor little prince.'
  10. 'The man was poor and wretched and had no claim upon the ruler, no right even to lift a solicitous hand.'
  11. 'the wretched conditions of the slums'
  12. 'The submariners say it was only the comradeship which enabled crews to endure the wretched conditions.'
  13. 'Under these wretched conditions families are being started and children reared.'
  14. 'Herb-roasted chicken was made for this wretched weather, and the jus surrounding it is soppingly worth at least half a loaf.'
  15. 'With that wretched season behind him, Wilson is now looking ahead to 2006 with renewed enthusiasm.'
  16. 'But most of them live in places where housing conditions are wretched and public services inadequate.'
  17. 'They lived in tenements and shanties of poor repair with wretched sanitary conditions.'
  18. 'It takes a special individual to perform those kinds of duties under such wretched conditions.'
  19. 'Hundreds waited in line, even in the day's wretched weather, to try and register their willingness to help.'
  20. 'They can be put through wretched working conditions without a chance of redress.'
  21. 'Though the surroundings are far from pleasant they are not wretched.'
  22. 'He is wretched, weak, ugly, inspiring contempt and disgust in not only all the supposedly good-hearted characters but also the reader.'
  23. 'If they can't get their stories straight in this wretched business then how can they be expected to lead Scottish rugby out of the spectacular mess it has now become?'
  24. 'But then he reveals that their wretched father recently paid a visit.'
  25. 'The development will be seen as evidence of the wretched luck which has dogged the Holyrood project.'
  26. 'In fact, people in the developing world have become relatively poorer and more wretched.'
  27. 'I plopped onto the couch and that wretched dog hopped up next to me and began to bark.'
  28. 'They are wretched at dealing with anyone who applies their own principles better than they do because this pulls the moral high ground out from under them.'
  29. 'But he could see traces of his own face, and some of that wretched girl's, in the young man's portrait.'
  30. 'The most wretched people in the world are those who tell you they like every kind of music ‘except country.’'
  31. 'I lost out to a friend who ate seven of the wretched things.'


1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.

2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.

3. despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.

4. poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless: a wretched job of sewing.

More examples(as adjective)

"consumptions can be wretched in quarters."

"people can be wretched in/at/on weeks."

"people can be wretched of alls."

"people can be wretched by powers."

"people can be wretched after misses."

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Middle English: formed irregularly from wretch + -ed.