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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misery, wretchedness, miserablenessnoun

    a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

    "the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"

  2. wretchednessnoun

    the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant

    "the wretchedness for which these prisons became known"; "the grey wretchedness of the rain"

  3. wretchednessnoun

    the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry

    "he has compiled a record second to none in its wretchedness"


  1. wretchednessnoun

    An unhappy state of mental or physical suffering.

  2. wretchednessnoun

    A state of prolonged misfortune, privation or anguish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wretchednessnoun

    Etymology: from wretched.

    My misery cannot be greater than it is: fear not the danger of my blind steps, I cannot fall worse than I am, and do not obstinately continue to infect thee with my wretchedness. Philip Sidney.

    He ’gan inquire
    What hard mishap him brought to such distress,
    And made that caitif’s thrall the thrall of wretchedness. F. Q.

    Clarion did at last decline
    To lowest wretchedness; and is there then
    Such rancor in the hearts of mighty men? Edmund Spenser.

    When they are weary of wars, and brought down to extreme wretchedness, then they creep a little, and sue for grace, ’till they have recovered their strength again. Edmund Spenser.

    I love not to see wretchedness o’ercharg’d,
    And duty in his service perishing. William Shakespeare.

    We have with the feeling lost the very memory of such wretchedness as our forefathers endured by those wars, of all others the most cruel. Walter Raleigh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wretchednessnoun

    the quality or state of being wretched; utter misery

  2. Wretchednessnoun

    a wretched object; anything despicably

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretchedness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wretchedness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wretchedness in a Sentence

  1. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.

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