follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

wretched

[rech-id] /ˈrɛtʃ ɪd/
adjective, wretcheder, wretchedest.
1.
very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
2.
characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
3.
despicable, contemptible, or mean:
a wretched miser.
4.
poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless:
a wretched job of sewing.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English wrecchede. See wretch, -ed3
Related forms
wretchedly, adverb
wretchedness, noun
unwretched, adjective
Synonyms
1. 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. base, vile.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un-wretchedest

wretched

/ˈrɛtʃɪd/
adjective
1.
in poor or pitiful circumstances
2.
characterized by or causing misery
3.
despicable; base
4.
poor, inferior, or paltry
5.
(prenominal) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable) a wretched nuisance
Derived Forms
wretchedly, adverb
wretchedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un-wretchedest

wretched

adj.

c.1200, wrecched, an irregular formation from wrecche "wretch" (see wretch). Cf. also wicked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for wretched

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with un-wretchedest

Nearby words for un-wretchedest