wretch

[rech]
noun
1.
a deplorably unfortunate or unhappy person.
2.
a person of despicable or base character.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English wrecche, Old English wrecca exile, adventurer; cognate with German Recke warrior, hero, Old Norse rekkr man

retch, winch, wrench, wretch.
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wretch (rɛtʃ)
 
n
1.  a despicable person
2.  a person pitied for his misfortune
 
[Old English wrecca; related to Old Saxon wrekkeo, Old High German reccheo (German Recke warrior), Old Norse rek(n)ingr]

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wretch
O.E. wrecca "wretch, stranger, exile," from P.Gmc. *wrakjan (cf. O.S. wrekkio, O.H.G. reckeo "a banished person, exile," Ger. recke "renowned warrior, hero"), related to O.E. wreccan "to drive out, punish" (see wreak). Sense of "vile, despicable person" developed in O.E.,
reflecting the sorry state of the outcast, as presented in much of Anglo-Saxon verse (e.g. "The Wanderer"). A Ger. word for "misery" is Elend, from O.H.G. elilenti "sojourn in a foreign land, exile."
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Example sentences
We cannot appreciate such magnanimity to such a wretch.
Anyone making less than me is a pathetic wretch and should be given the thief's money.
It would be unique in a way that any ink-stained wretch would envy.
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