1. A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy. “The wretch that lies in woe.”
Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey just begun? --Cowper.
2. One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch.
Note: ☞ Wretch is sometimes used by way of slight or ironical pity or contempt, and sometimes to express tenderness; as we say, poor thing. “Poor wretch was never frighted so.”
n 1: performs some wicked deed
2: someone you feel sorry for [syn: poor devil]