Pronunciation Noun

wretch (plural wretches)

  1. An unhappy, unfortunate, or miserable person.
  2. An unpleasant, annoying, worthless, or despicable person.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 532:
      […] Alaeddin ate and drank and was cheered and after he had rested and had recovered spirits he cried, "Ah, O my mother, I have a sore grievance against thee for leaving me to that accursed wight who strave to compass my destruction and designed to take my life. Know that I beheld Death with mine own eyes at the hand of this damned wretch, whom thou didst certify to be my uncle; […]
  3. (archaic) An exile.
Translations Translations
  • German: elender Wicht

wretch (wretches, present participle wretching; past and past participle wretched)

  1. Misspelling of retch

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