Wretched Wretch"ed, a. 1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. ``To what wretched state reserved!'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore . . . [1913 Webster]

2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin. [1913 Webster]

3. Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked. [Obs.] ``Wretched ungratefulness.'' --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Nero reigned after this Claudius, of all men wretchedest, ready to all manner [of] vices. --Capgrave. [1913 Webster]

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