from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a wretched or worthless manner; miserably; contemptibly; poorly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a wretched manner; miserably; despicable.

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  • adverb In a wretched manner.

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  • adverb in a wretched manner


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wretched +‎ -ly


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  • How wretchedly is human nature corrupted and degenerated (even in those that pretend to the best blood) when it is capable of admitting the thought of such abominable wickedness!

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi) 1721

  • And immediately after that, Alix recalled wretchedly, had come a brief and apparently aimless talk about Alix's rights, and her eagerness to share them with her sister.

    Sisters Kathleen Thompson Norris 1923

  • From the engine intakes to the pewter ashtrays, everything about this car is wretchedly dense and heavy.

    Massive, but Not for the Masses Dan Neil 2011

  • I want to sob wretchedly when things go badly for them.

    2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin 2009

  • Spright, a seriously affectionate, profoundly energetic pit bull mix rescued from a roadside last summer with a wretchedly crooked, painful front leg that had to be amputated, beat out 24 others last month to become ceremonial head of this unincorporated Rocky Mountain town.

    Pet Talk: Mighty three-legged mutt is my kind of mayor 2010

  • "From the engine intakes to the pewter ashtrays, everything about this car is wretchedly dense and heavy," he says.

    Hand-Made Hyper-Luxury 2011

  • "What's the matter, Maud?" he asked, presently, observing for the first time how wretchedly the breakfast had passed off, and actuated by a desire to make amends.


  • In face of the facts that modern man lives more wretchedly than the caveman, and that modern man's food - and shelter-getting efficiency is a thousand fold greater than the caveman's, no other solution is possible than that the management is prodigiously wasteful.

    Revolution 2010

  • On asking how I had slept, and when I said wretchedly, she demanded an explanation.

    CHAPTER IX 2010

  • Napoli had the next clear chance, shortly after the resumption, when Vincent Kompany blocked Marek Hamsik's shot on the line, and perhaps City had allowed themselves to forget how lethal the visitors could be on the counterattack when Gareth Barry played a wretchedly loose backheel a few yards outside the Napoli area.

    Manchester City forced to dig deep but pass stern test of character | Richard Williams 2011


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