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Definition of wretched adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of a person) feeling sick or unhappy You look wretched—what's wrong? I felt wretched about the way things had turned out.
  2. 2(formal) extremely bad or unpleasant synonym awful She had a wretched time at school. The animals are kept in the most wretched conditions.
  3. 3(formal) making you feel sorry for someone or something synonym pitiful She finally agreed to have the wretched animal put down.
  4. 4[only before noun] (informal) used to show that you think that someone or something is extremely annoying Is it that wretched woman again?
adverb “I'm so sorry,” she said wretchedly.
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noun [uncountable]
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