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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wretchnoun

    performs some wicked deed

  2. poor devil, wretchnoun

    someone you feel sorry for


  1. wretchnoun

    An unhappy, unfortunate, or miserable person.

  2. wretchnoun

    An unpleasant, annoying person.

  3. wretchnoun

    An exile.

  4. Etymology: From wrecca.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wretchverb

    a miserable person; one profoundly unhappy

  2. Wretchverb

    one sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch

  3. Etymology: [OE. wrecche, AS. wrecca, wrcca, an exile, a wretch, fr. wrecan to drive out, punish; properly, an exile, one driven out, akin to AS. wrc an exile, OS. wrekkio a stranger, OHG. reccheo an exile. See Wreak, v. t.]


  1. Wretch

    Wretch is the first full-length album by American heavy metal band Kyuss. It was released in September 1991, on Dali Records. Previously billed as Sons of Kyuss, the band shortened their name prior to the release of this album. The album is notable for its distinctive sound, though this is not necessarily a positive; its production has been criticized and the album has been described as a poor representation of the band's sound.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wretch

    rech, n. a most miserable person: one sunk in vice: a worthless person: body, creature (in pity, sometimes admiration).—adj. Wretch′ed, very miserable: distressingly bad: despicable: worthless.—adv. Wretch′edly.—n. Wretch′edness. [A.S. wrecca, an outcast—wræc, pa.t. of wrecan, to drive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of wretch in a Sentence

  1. Hannah More:

    The wretch who digs the mine for bread, or ploughs, that others may be fed, feels less fatigued than that decreed to him who cannot think or read.

  2. William Penn:

    If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch, indeed who will not give them to him. Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Excellent wretch Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.

  4. Edmund Spenser:

    It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

  5. William Shakespeare, "Othello", Act 3 scene 3:

    Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.

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