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wretched - Dictionary definition and meaning for word wretched

(adj) of very poor quality or condition
Example Sentence
  • deplorable housing conditions in the inner city
  • woeful treatment of the accused
  • woeful errors of judgment

(adj) characterized by physical misery
Synonyms : miserable
Example Sentence
  • a wet miserable weekend
  • spent a wretched night on the floor

(adj) very unhappy; full of misery
Synonyms : miserable , suffering
Example Sentence
  • he felt depressed and miserable
  • a message of hope for suffering humanity
  • wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages

(adj) morally reprehensible
Synonyms : despicable , slimy , ugly , unworthy , vile , worthless
Example Sentence
  • would do something as despicable as murder
  • ugly crimes
  • the vile development of slavery appalled them
  • a slimy little liar

(adj) deserving or inciting pity
Example Sentence
  • a hapless victim
  • miserable victims of war
  • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
  • piteous appeals for help
  • pitiable homeless children
  • a pitiful fate
  • Oh, you poor thing
  • his poor distorted limbs
  • a wretched life

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for wretched

wretched - people in a wrecked ship are wretched.... physical misery!
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by the suspect

sounds like rich- wrich can be remembered as its opposite i.e POOR
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by basant

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