Definition of wretchedness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈretʃɪdnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈretʃɪdnəs//
    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1a feeling of being very ill/sick or unhappy I have had periods of wretchedness in my life that I have kept hidden from the outside world.
  2. 2extremely bad or unpleasant conditions The wretchedness and poverty they encountered made a deep impression.