1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. “To what wretched state reserved!”
O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind
Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller.
2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
3. Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked. [Obs.] “Wretched ungratefulness.”
Nero reigned after this Claudius, of all men wretchedest, ready to all manner [of] vices. --Capgrave.
adj 1: of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing
conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of
the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment" [syn: deplorable,
execrable, miserable, woeful]
2: characterized by physical misery; "a wet miserable weekend";
"spent a wretched night on the floor" [syn: miserable]
3: very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and
miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity";
"wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages" [syn: miserable,
4: 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" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate,
pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor]