What does wretched mean?

Definitions for wretched
ˈrɛtʃ ɪdwretch·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretchedadjective

    of very poor quality or condition

    "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"

  2. miserable, wretchedadjective

    characterized by physical misery

    "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor"

  3. miserable, suffering, wretchedadjective

    very unhappy; full of misery

    "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

  4. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"

  5. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    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"


  1. wretchedadjective

    Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.

  2. wretchedadjective

    Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable

  3. wretchedadjective

    Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wretchedadjective

    Etymology: from wretch.

    These we should judge to be most miserable, but that a wretcheder sort there are, on whom, whereas nature hath bestowed ripe capacity, their evil disposition seriously goeth about therewith to apprehend God, as being not God. Richard Hooker.

    O cruel death! to those you are more kind,
    Than to the wretched mortals left behind. Edmund Waller.

    Why do’st thou drive me
    To range all o’er a waste and barren place,
    To find a friend? The wretched have no friends. Dryden.

    When God was served with legal sacrifices, such was the miserable and wretched condition of some mens minds, that the best of every thing they had, being culled out for themselves, if there were in their flocks any poor, starved, or diseased thing not worth the keeping, they thought it good enough for the altar of God. Richard Hooker.

    Affected noise is the most wretched thing,
    That to contempt can empty scribblers bring. Wentworth Dillon.

    Forgive the many failings of those who, with their wretched art, cannot arrive to those heights that you possess. Dryden.

    An adventure worthy to be remembered for the unused examples therein, as well of true natural goodness as of wretched ungratefulness. Philip Sidney.


  1. wretched

    Wretched typically refers to someone or something in a very poor or unfortunate state or condition, often involving misery, distress, or misfortune. It can also describe something of poor quality or very inferior. The term can be used to convey intense unhappiness or dissatisfaction, or to evoke pity or compassion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wretchedadjective

    very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting

  2. Wretchedadjective

    worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin

  3. Wretchedadjective

    hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked


  1. Wretched

    Wretched was a hardcore punk band from Milan, Italy. Along with other bands such as Indigesti, they formed the basis of the hardcore scene in Italy during the 1980s. Their music was usually fast-paced with violent and dark lyrics. From Kill From The Heart: Wretched hailed from Milan, Italy circa 1980. The original line-up was Gigi on guitar, Fabio on bass, Giancarlo on drums, and Gian Mario singing. This version of Wretched debuted on their 1982 split EP with Indigesti. Although they originally sang in English, they soon switched to their native Italian, finding it better suited to expressing their radical political message. The band took strong anti-war and pro-anarchist stands through their lyrics and imagery. They also self-released all of their records on a label that came to be known as Chaos Productions. The band lived at the infamous Milano squat Virus, which played host to many hardcore shows in the early-mid '80's. Wretched lived and breathed the DIY spirit of rebellion that they advocated in their music. The band recorded their first EP before switching guitar players and drummers in 1984. Daniele and Crema played on the next record, Finira Mai?, and on the full length. Appearances on BCT tape comps and the seminal international compilation P.E.A.C.E. spread the word of "Chaos non musica" to everywhere punk was being played. Zambo took over drums in 1985, and the band began its shift into more heavy metal territory. They recorded one more LP and a 7" before internal problems and line-up changes forced them to call it quits. Before melting down, they played the last show at Virus with Antisect. Unfortunately, Wretched's strong commitment to doing it themselves meant that their records have always been hard to get outside of Italy. An official CD discography came out some time in the mid 1990s, and the Furious Years of Italian Hardcore compilation CD fills in the hole.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretched in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretched in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of wretched in a Sentence

  1. Publilius Syrus:

    It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.

  2. Interim Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas:

    The situation is wretched.

  3. Angela Ritter:

    Who would have ever dreamed that there would be someone willing to dedicate their time, their materials, you know, to freeing us from a wretched, dark past, you know? But I thank God for Jen, I thank God for Survivor's Ink, I thank God for the chance to be that survivor.

  4. Homer:

    Thus have the gods spun the thread for wretched mortals that they live in grief while they themselves are without cares for two jars stand on the floor of Zeus of the gifts which he gives, one of evils and another of blessings.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.

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