someone who is wretched is very unhappy or ill, and you feel sorry for them:
the poor, wretched girl
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?
extremely bad or unpleasant [= miserable]:
I was shocked to see their wretched living conditions.
—wretchedness noun [uncountable]