adjective, wretcheder, wretchedest.
very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
despicable, contemptible, or mean: a wretched miser.
poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless: a wretched job of sewing.

1150–1200; Middle English wrecchede. See wretch, -ed3

wretchedly, adverb
wretchedness, noun
unwretched, adjective

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.
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wretched (ˈrɛtʃɪd)
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

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, wrecched, an irregular formation from wrecche "wretch" (see wretch). Cf. also wicked.
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Example sentences
Those of us who are sympathetic to animal issues find it wretched to consider
  that our dinner might have had emotions.
Wretched typing experience on old-school resistive touchscreen.
Taking pity on our wretched appearance, drivers slowed down and threw loaves of
  bread out of their cars.
Despite their wretched situation, they are forced to work together.
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