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Middle English wrecched from wrecche wretch wretch
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English, as if from wretch + -ed.
The condition of slaves at Athens was not in general a wretched one.
He returned to a wretched kingdom, torn with civil war.
It proved a wretched exchange.
Johnson was a wretched etymologist.
If we were in Vienna it would be easy, but here, in this wretched Moravian hole, it is more difficult, and I beg you all to help me.
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