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
  1. adjective
    deserving or inciting pity
    “a wretched life”
    synonyms: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor
    not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune
  2. adjective
    characterized by physical misery
    “spent a wretched night on the floor”
    synonyms: miserable
    providing or experiencing physical discomfort
  3. adjective
    very unhappy; full of misery
    synonyms: miserable, suffering
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
  4. adjective
    morally reprehensible
    synonyms: despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, vile, worthless
    morally bad or wrong
  5. adjective
    of very poor quality or condition
    synonyms: deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful
    of low or inferior quality
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