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Synonyms for wretched
ˈrɛtʃ ɪdwretch·ed

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wretched

    Pitiful originally signified full of pity; as, "the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy," James v, 11; but this usage is now archaic, and the meaning in question is appropriated by such words as merciful and compassionate. Pitiful and pitiable now refer to what may be deserving of pity, pitiful being used chiefly for that which is merely an object of thought, pitiable for that which is brought directly before the senses; as, a pitiful story; a pitiable object; a pitiable condition. Since pity, however, always implies weakness or inferiority in that which is pitied, pitiful and pitiable are often used, by an easy transition, for what might awaken pity, but does awaken contempt; as, a pitiful excuse; he presented a pitiable appearance. Piteous is now rarely used in its earlier sense of feeling pity, but in its derived sense applies to what really excites the emotion; as, a piteous cry. Compare HUMANE; MERCY; PITY.

    Synonyms:
    abject, base, contemptible, despicable, lamentable, miserable, mournful, moving, paltry, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, sorrowful, touching, woful

    Antonyms:
    august, beneficent, commanding, dignified, exalted, glorious, grand, great, helpful, lofty, mighty, noble, sublime, superb, superior

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretchedadjective

    of very poor quality or condition

    "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"

    Synonyms:
    paltry, deplorable, scummy, odious, reprehensible, damnable, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, woebegone, vile, low-down, despicable, miserable, low, criminal, vicious, worthless, detestable, sad, piteous, condemnable, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, abominable, poor, pathetic, sorry, pitiful, abject, woeful, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    happy, comfortable, superior, fortunate, good, comfy

  2. miserable, wretchedadjective

    characterized by physical misery

    "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, miserable, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    Antonyms:
    comfortable, good, comfy, happy, superior, fortunate

  3. miserable, suffering, wretchedadjective

    very unhappy; full of misery

    "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, vile, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, slimy, miserable, unworthy, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, worthless, ugly, woeful, measly, paltry, execrable, despicable, low

    Antonyms:
    comfortable, good, superior, fortunate, comfy, happy

  4. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"

    Synonyms:
    frightful, queasy, offensive, pitiable, pathetic, nauseating, piteous, vile, loathsome, misfortunate, suffering, miserable, pitiful, hapless, horrible, worthless, unworthy, nauseous, slimy, undeserving, horrifying, atrocious, deplorable, sickening, ugly, woeful, noisome, poor, execrable, despicable, slimed, surly

    Antonyms:
    comfy, fortunate, good, comfortable, superior, happy

  5. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretchedadjective

    deserving or inciting pity

    "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"

    Synonyms:
    ridiculous, paltry, deplorable, scummy, woeful, slimy, execrable, suffering, scurvy, vile, low-down, despicable, inadequate, low, miserable, worthless, sad, piteous, hapless, lamentable, misfortunate, pitiable, distressing, measly, poor, pathetic, short, silly, sorry, pitiful, abject, unworthy, ugly

    Antonyms:
    superior, comfy, happy, fortunate, good, comfortable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. wretchedadjective

    Synonyms:
    unhappy (on account outward condition), MISERABLE, forlorn, comfortless, woebegone, afflicted, distressed

  2. wretchedadjective

    Synonyms:
    calamitous, afflictive, afflicting, deplorable

  3. wretchedadjective

    Synonyms:
    bad, poor, vile sorry, shabby, pitiful, worthless, paltry, contemptible, shocking

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. wretchedadjective

    Synonyms:
    miserable, unhappy, contemptible, abject, despicable, paltry

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How to use wretched in a sentence?

  1. Interim Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas:

    The situation is wretched.

  2. Marvin Cooley:

    We must pity the poor wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the dammed: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about.” Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility -- blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty.

  3. Titus Maccius Plautus:

    Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.

  4. Angela Ritter:

    Who would have ever dreamed that there would be someone willing to dedicate their time, their materials, you know, to freeing us from a wretched, dark past, you know? But I thank God for Jen, I thank God for Survivor's Ink, I thank God for the chance to be that survivor.

  5. Homer:

    Thus have the gods spun the thread for wretched mortals that they live in grief while they themselves are without cares for two jars stand on the floor of Zeus of the gifts which he gives, one of evils and another of blessings.


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