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wretched

Definitions

  • Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354
    Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wretched characterized by physical misery "a wet miserable weekend","spent a wretched night on the floor"
    • adj wretched deserving or inciting pity "a hapless victim","miserable victims of war","the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy","piteous appeals for help","pitiable homeless children","a pitiful fate","Oh, you poor thing","his poor distorted limbs","a wretched life"
    • adj wretched morally reprehensible "would do something as despicable as murder","ugly crimes","the vile development of slavery appalled them","a slimy little liar"
    • adj wretched very unhappy; full of misery "he felt depressed and miserable","a message of hope for suffering humanity","wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"
    • adj wretched of very poor quality or condition "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city","woeful treatment of the accused","woeful errors of judgment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wretched Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked. "Wretched ungratefulness.""Nero reigned after this Claudius, of all men wretchedest, ready to all manner [of] vices."
    • Wretched Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. "To what wretched state reserved!""O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind
      Than to the wretched mortals left behind."
    • Wretched Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wretched Suffering from or affected by extreme misery or distress; deeply afflicted; miserable; unhappy.
    • wretched Characterized by or causing misery or unhappiness; very afflicting, annoying, or uncomfortable; distressingly bad in condition or relation: as, the wretched condition of a prison; wretched weather; a wretched prospect.
    • wretched Of miserable character or quality; despicable; contemptible; reprehensible; strongly objectionable: used of persons or things: as, a wretched blunderer or quibbler; a wretched quibble; wretched stuff.
    • wretched Worthless; paltry; very poor, mean, inefficient, unsatisfactory, unskilful, or the like: as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin; a wretched defense or piece of work.
    • wretched =Syn.1. Forlorn, woebegone.
    • wretched Vile, sorry, shabby, pitiful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wretched very miserable: distressingly bad: despicable: worthless
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Quotations

  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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    “We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “It is a wretched thing to live on the fame of others.”
  • Robert Burns
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    “How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrecca, an outcast—wræc, pa.t. of wrecan, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

The wretch uppermost is the coachman.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
You seem determined to make me wretched to-night.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
It is lamentable to see so fine a country in so wretched a state.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
Then a man got up to tackle me, not a native, but some wretched London agitator.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
It was barely dawn, and a wretched little orchestra was grouped at the edge of the tiny station.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Go, you horrid wretch!...
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
These wretches rushed into the streets with a ferocious joy.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
Wretched as we are, powerless as we are, they will not aid us; we shall die alone.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
An ineffable misery fell upon me and upon my wretched husband.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Thou dog, thou wretched rascal!
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
In two words, I am the most wretched of living beings.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
But he was not suited to you, and his life would have made you wretched.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
It was an utterly wretched night to both, and the first which they had ever passed in misery, without speaking to each other.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Was the wretched thing to come off after all?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I might probably have been made more wretched in another way.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It's that made you so wretched.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
It was a look of grief, not of anger, which he turned on the wretched man.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Then at last the poor wretch might become pure and holy.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
And so did Eugene, the wretched creature!
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I know that wretched theory will rather stump me, but I'll wrestle with it.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

"In vain thy wretched child is come,
She comes too late to save!
And only now can share thy doom,
And share thy peaceful grave!"
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
The wretched Parents all that night
Went shouting far and wide;
But there was neither sound nor sight
To serve them for a guide.
"Lucy Gray [or Solitude]" by William Wordsworth
And as Caleb heard the story
All his heart within him burned,
And his soul with deep compassion
For that wretched people yearned.
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Blest he that comes to wretched men
With peaceful news from heav'n!
Hosannah's of the highest strain
To Christ the Lord be giv'n!
"Hymn 16" by Isaac Watts
The lofty dwellings of the great
Full many a wretch contain,
Who feels the cares of pomp and state,
But seeks their joys in vain:
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
With horror dumb, tho' guiltless, stood
Beside his dying friend,
The hapless wretch who made the blood
Sad from his side descend!
"Lines Occasioned" by Sir John Carr

In news:

The opening sentence, in a word, was wretched.
In This Wretched Economy, Magazine Conferences Are Like Group Therapy .
72 Hours of Wretched Excess.
You will never find a more wretched hive of fun and nerdery.
H-E-B expanding downtown, Fear of Southtown loafing (times infinity), ICMA nods at SA, Casa Maldonado not so wretched .
Hot, nasty, wretched weather this week in D.C. From the ABC 7 Weather team.
Rech was pretty wretched .
The Wretched of the Earth.
The Summer Of Wretched Excess.
The Sixers were a wretched 9-73 in 1973, which earned them the very first pick in the NBA draft.
Stalinism was one of history's most wretched political and economic systems, a nightmarish machine that murdered millions (if not tens of millions) of innocents in cold blood.
TRENTON — The president of the state Board of Public Utilities today gave New Jersey power companies an 'F' for a wretched job in communicating with the public during and after Hurricane Sandy.
That saved a wretch like me.
Black Veil Brides' upcoming album, 'Wretched and Divine : The Story of the Wild Ones,' looks like it's going to be an epic release.
UConn and South Florida are determined to not let a wretched October get the best of them.
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In science:

Intel’s Paragon OS is well known for its tendency to lock up the entire machine because of minor problems on one node, as well as its wretched performance on large systems.
Cluster Computing White Paper
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