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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.

O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. Waller.

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2.

Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.

3.

Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.

[Obs.] "Wretched ungratefulness."

Sir P. Sidney.

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

 

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