wretch

Definitions

  • Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354
    Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wretch someone you feel sorry for
    • n wretch performs some wicked deed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wretch A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy. "The wretch that lies in woe.""Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son, Wretch even then, life's journey just begun?"
    • Wretch One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wretch A very miserable person; one who is in a state of desperate unhappiness or misfortune, or is exposed to unavoidable suffering or disgrace.
    • n wretch A sorry or contemptible creature; a despicable person: a term of opprobrium applied to one who has incurred condemnation by misconduct, and often used on slight occasion and with little intended force.
    • n wretch Body; creature; thing: used (in some manner that indicates the intention) of a person regarded with some degree of kindly or ironical commiseration, or, when genuine words of endearment seem inadequate, with tender sympathy or passion, or even with admiration.
    • wretch Miserable; wretched.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wretch rech a most miserable person: one sunk in vice: a worthless person: body, creature (in pity, sometimes admiration)
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Quotations

  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
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    “We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.”
  • Seneca
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    “Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.”
  • Plato
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    “He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.”
  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “It is a wretched thing to live on the fame of others.”
  • Robert Burns
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    “How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrecche, AS. wrecca, wræcca, an exile, a wretch, fr. wrecan, to drive out, punish; properly, an exile, one driven out, akin to AS. wræc, an exile, OS. wrekkio, a stranger, OHG. reccheo, an exile. See Wreak (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrecca, an outcast—wræc, pa.t. of wrecan, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

Women who scarcely know, even by hearsay, of such wretched castaways as I.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Here every surrounding is dark and wretched.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
In short, it was a wretched place, save for cats, painters, or poor devils.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
A miserable walk home was that, and full of wretched thoughts.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
How shrunken with the sorrow of their wretched lives, and yet how sportive they seem!
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
The cry was taken up by many of the poor wretches present.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
There were wretched tumbledown houses on either side, so wretched and tumbledown that it seemed impossible any one could live in them.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
The wretches are too cunning for us.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
No, no," he added, quickly; "he'll never be such a wretch as to do that again.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
Never had I seen any set of people more thoroughly wretched.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

O I have done a cursed deed
The wretched man replies,
And night and day and every where
'Tis still before my eyes.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
Here she despairing now to heal
The wretched parent's pain,
Sat on a rock, in sorrowing zeal,
And kiss'd the dead again!
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
"And now low bends my wretched head,
And those I lov'd are gone:
My friends, my family, all are fled,
And I am left alone.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
Thou didst once a wretch behold,
In rebellion blindly bold;
Scorn thy grace, thy pow'r defy,
That poor rebel, Lord, was I.
"My Name Is Jacob" by John Newton
"I know it is my daughter's hand,
But 'tis no hand of clay:
And here a lonely wretch I stand,
All childless, bent, and grey.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
The Country of the Free? — O wretched lie!
The Country of the Brave? — Yea, let it be!
One more good fight, O Brothers, ere we die,
And this shall be the Country of the Free!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

Oh alright, it's not wretched – though "hive" might be accurate.
In Defense Of Wretched Excess.
These are wretched times for life insurers.
Law & Order' to Make Jared Paul Stern a Blood-Stained Wretch .
Donald Trump's wretched $5-million gimmick.
Yes, Google, Do What You Can and Save Us From Wretched Infographics.
The Wretched Group will perform one night only in the Fredonia/Dunkirk area this summer on Saturday.
Adam Cody of North Carolina's Wretched was kind enough to lend me a few minutes for last Saturday's (4/14) edition of The Oath.
Good At Some Things, Wretched At Others.
An End to the Wretched Electoral College.
Rech was pretty wretched .
The Wretched of the Earth.
The wretched excess of the "Save Tookie" campaign.
The Summer Of Wretched Excess.
In This Wretched Economy, Magazine Conferences Are Like Group Therapy.
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In science:

Intel’s Paragon OS is well known for its tendency to lock up the entire machine because of minor problems on one node, as well as its wretched performance on large systems.
Cluster Computing White Paper
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