from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unhappy state of mental or physical suffering.
- n. A state of prolonged misfortune, privation, or anguish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being wretched; utter misery.
- n. A wretched object; anything despicably.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of a suffering wretch; a wretched or distressful state of being; great misery or affliction.
- n. Wretched character or quality; distressing, reprehensible, or despicable nature; aggravated or aggravating badness of any kind.
- n. That which is wretched or distressingly bad; wretched material, conduct, or the like; anything contemptible or despicable; wretched stuff.
- n. =Syn.1. Affliction, Grief, Sorrow, etc. See affliction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry
- n. a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
- n. the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant
Cursed, cursed be the fiend that brought misery on his grey hairs, and doomed him to waste in wretchedness!
They try so hard to please their parents and even harder to understand them, and their resulting wretchedness is one of the most haunting subplots of the novel.
What was it specially that he called wretchedness?
I shall not close this, till I have seen or heard from the vile miscreant who has involved a worthy family in wretchedness!
It is of course self-evident that poverty should not degenerate into wretchedness, which is no less an abundant source of moral dangers than is excessive wealth.
How many old labourers, old operatives, or miners are now left to recall the wretchedness of that toiling and starving childhood before the corn-tax was removed?
By such an estimate, nearly the whole number are accounted for by wretchedness, that is by economic causes, alone
My first knowledge of their wretchedness was a thing which sank deep.
Nor will their wretchedness, which is the work of their own hands, disturb our peace or mar our happiness.
Alas! alas! that in all my misery the only woman who sympathises with my wretchedness is the woman I have injured.