So you are the one who is at the bottom of this, you wretch you!
Moreover the wretch is as jealous of the chastity of his daughter as if he himself had led a clean life!
Often he cursed himself as a wretch for paining that pure and noble heart.
I sent this wretch a trifle, at different times, to take with him into slavery.
I wonder not that the wretch is said to love you the better for it.
Is it permitted to a wretch who has deprived himself of the greatest of blessings, to dare to ask your pardon and your pity?
What a wretch must I be, if, for one moment only, I could lend an ear to such a proposal as this!
After uttering these odious words with revolting cynicism, the wretch looked impudently round the audience.
She was a wretch, and he this time thought himself for ever cured of his passion.
You have a nice, a very nice part to act with this wretch—who yet has, I think, but one plain path before him.
Old English wrecca "wretch, stranger, exile," from Proto-Germanic *wrakjan (cf. Old Saxon wrekkio, Old High German reckeo "a banished person, exile," German recke "renowned warrior, hero"), related to Old English wreccan "to drive out, punish" (see wreak). Sense of "vile, despicable person" developed in Old English, reflecting the sorry state of the outcast, as presented in much of Anglo-Saxon verse (e.g. "The Wanderer"). Cf. German Elend "misery," from Old High German elilenti "sojourn in a foreign land, exile."