- The definition of wretched is something or someone in a very distressed or dismal state or condition.
- A person who looks extremely ill and sickly is an example of a person who would be described as looking wretched.
- A falling down house that is in grave disrepair is an example of a house that would be described as wretched.
wretched definition by Webster's New World
- deeply distressed or unhappy; miserable; unfortunate
- characterized by or causing distress or misery; dismal: wretched slums
- poor in quality; very inferior: a wretched meal
- contemptible; despicable
Origin: Middle English wrecched ; from wrecche ; from Old English wræcc, wretched ; from wrecan: see wretch
wretched definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective wretch·ed·er, wretch·ed·est
- In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable: “the wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages” (George Orwell).
- Characterized by or attended with misery or woe: a wretched life.
- Of a poor or mean character; dismal: a wretched building.
- Contemptible; despicable: wretched treatment of the patients.
- Of very inferior quality: wretched prose.
Origin: Middle English wrecched, from wrecche, wretch; see wretch.
- wretchˈed·ly adverb
- wretchˈed·ness noun