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  • adj. superlative form of wretched: most wretched.


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  • The weight to be given to Schopenhauer's opinion touching any religious subject may be measured by the following quotation: "The happiest moment of life is the completest forgetfulness of self in sleep, and the wretchedest is the most wakeful and conscious."

    India: What can it teach us? A Course of Lectures Delivered before the University Of Cambridge

  • Owing perhaps to the miseries he and Orion had just encountered, Sam had little patience with the tribe, whose members he considered “the wretchedest type of mankind I have ever seen.”


  • The raggedest nightcap, awry on the wretchedest head, had this crooked significance in it: "I know how hard it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to support life in myself; but do you know how easy it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to destroy life in you?"

    The WritingYA Weblog: TBR3: Insufferable Happiness, Insufferable Pain

  • As he retraces his way to the point from which he descried the woman at a distance sitting on the step, he sees a ragged figure coming very cautiously along, crouching close to the soiled walls — which the wretchedest figure might as well avoid — and furtively thrusting a hand before it.

    Bleak House

  • Fanny was passionate with the tea – cups and the bread as long as her passion lasted, and then protested that she was the wretchedest girl in the world, and she wished she was dead.

    Little Dorrit

  • An exchange of livings had been arranged with an acquaintance who was incumbent of a church in the south of London, and as soon as possible the couple removed thither, abandoning their pretty country home, with trees and shrubs and glebe, for a narrow, dusty house in a long, straight street, and their fine peal of bells for the wretchedest one-tongued clangour that ever tortured mortal ears.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • The taunt of his shrill clarion remained without answer; and the sun went down upon the wretchedest father and daughter in all the land of Christendom.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Then he added, "By shrewd and constant application of propaganda, heaven can be presented to the people as hell and vice versa, the wretchedest existence as paradise."

    In the Mail

  • She bursts into tears, declaring herself the wretchedest, the most deceived, the worst-used, of women.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • For there was no blinking the fact: a few more weeks like the foregoing, and they would have been two of the wretchedest creatures on earth.

    Maurice Guest


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