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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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wretched

  1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.
  2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
  3. (obsolete) Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.

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  • To what wretched state reserved! Milton
  • Wretched ungratefulness. Sir Philip Sidney

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