Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.
"To what wretched
O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind
Than to the wretched mortals left behind.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore . . . -->
Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
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.
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