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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: wretch


1 someone who is wretched is very unhappy or ill, and you feel sorry for them:
the poor, wretched girl
2 if you feel wretched, you feel guilty and unhappy because of something bad that you have done:
Guy felt wretched about it now.
3 [only before noun] making you feel annoyed or angry:
Where is that wretched boy?
4 literary extremely bad or unpleasant [= miserable]:
I was shocked to see their wretched living conditions.
wretchedly adverb
wretchedness noun [uncountable]

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