Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of a suffering wretch; a wretched or distressful state of being; great misery or affliction.
  • noun Wretched character or quality; distressing, reprehensible, or despicable nature; aggravated or aggravating badness of any kind.
  • noun That which is wretched or distressingly bad; wretched material, conduct, or the like; anything contemptible or despicable; wretched stuff.
  • noun =Syn.1. Affliction, Grief, Sorrow, etc. See affliction.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being wretched; utter misery.
  • noun obsolete A wretched object; anything despicably.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An unhappy state of mental or physical suffering.
  • noun A state of prolonged misfortune, privation, or anguish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry
  • noun a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
  • noun the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant

Etymologies

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wretched +‎ -ness

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