wretched

The fairy tale Cinderella gives us many examples of uses for the word wretched. Poor Cinderella had a wretched childhood, living in wretched conditions with a wretched stepmother. It would be enough to make anyone feel wretched, or absolutely terrible.

Wretched is an all-around unhappy word. If you're very ill, heartbroken, or riddled with guilt, you may feel wretched. This word is also used to describe awful living conditions. If your cabin at sleep-away camp is freezing cold and rat-infested, you could describe it as wretched. And if you truly don't like someone, you might call that person wretched — though maybe not to his or her face.

Definitions of wretched
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adj deserving or inciting pity

“a wretched life”
Synonyms:
hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor
unfortunate
not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

adj characterized by physical misery

“spent a wretched night on the floor”
Synonyms:
miserable
uncomfortable
providing or experiencing physical discomfort

adj very unhappy; full of misery

wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages”
Synonyms:
miserable, suffering
unhappy
experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent

adj morally reprehensible

Synonyms:
despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, vile, worthless
evil
morally bad or wrong

adj of very poor quality or condition

Synonyms:
deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful
inferior
of low or inferior quality

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