1150–1200; Middle English wrecchede.
wretchedly, adverbwretchedness, noununwretched, adjective
dejected, distressed, afflicted, woeful, woebegone, forlorn, unhappy. 2. Wretched, miserable, sorry
refer to that which is unhappy, afflicted, or distressed. Wretched
refers to a condition of extreme affliction or distress, especially as outwardly apparent: wretched hovels. Miserable
refers more to the inward feeling of unhappiness or distress: a miserable life. Sorry
applies to distressed, often poverty-stricken outward circumstances; but it has connotations of unworthiness, incongruousness, or the like, so that the beholder feels more contempt than pity: in a sorry plight. 3.