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  • noun Plural form of wretch.

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Examples

  • And as I looked down upon the poor wretches from the break of the poop, standing there in the high place, the vision of my kind down all its mad, violent, and masterful past was strong upon me.

    CHAPTER L

  • And as I looked down upon the poor wretches from the break of the poop, standing there in the high place, the vision of my kind down all its mad, violent, and masterful past was strong upon me.

    Chapter 50

  • They hurried forward, with yells of defiance; but the strength of the garrison, awakened by the flying wretches from the defeat, turned out all its power, and with De Valence at their head, pouring on Kirkpatrick's men, would have overpowered them had not Wallace and his sixty heroes, with desperate determination, cut a passage to them through the closing ranks.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • They called them out by a sort of roll of their nations, one after another, much in the manner in which they called wretches out of their prison to the guillotine.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12)

  • “They’ll be here in a minute,” he was told, and sure enough, a bus rolled up loaded with wretches from the local prison.

    Why Guns Are Not Toys

  • All people are miserable wretches, that is the lot of man.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • I really think the only thing which kept him from killing a few of the wretches was the fear that he might by some chance include the thief in the number, and thus destroy all hope of getting back the stolen gems.

    Anting-Anting Stories And other Strange Tales of the Filipinos

  • The wretches were the 8000 Samnite prisoners he had taken at the battle of Præneste, and brought to be killed in the Campus Martius; and with these shocking sounds to mark that he was in earnest, the purple-faced general told the trembling

    Young Folks' History of Rome

  • Adding to levity, we frequently sang hymns where we referred to ourselves as "wretches" or "worms."

    David Dean Bottrell: Leap of Faith

  • As reporters we should revel in our newly revived role as society's "wretches", the yapping riff-raff who constantly annoy.

    Bob Franken: "Gotcha" not "Homers"

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