wretched Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"wretched" in British English

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wretchedadjective

uk   us   /ˈretʃ.ɪd/

wretched adjective (BAD QUALITY)

C2 unpleasant or of ​lowquality: a wretched ​childhood The ​peoplelive in wretched ​conditions, with no ​runningwater.

wretched adjective (FEELING BAD)

C2 very ​ill or very ​unhappy: I ​think I must be coming down with ​flu - I've been ​feeling wretched all ​day.

wretched adjective (ANNOYING)

UK used to ​expressanger when something ​annoyinghappens: My wretched car's ​broken down again.
wretchedness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of wretched from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wretched" in American English

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wretchedadjective

 us   /ˈretʃ·ɪd/
unhappy or ​extremelysad: He ​looked so ​ill and wretched as he ​spoke that he made me ​feel wretched myself. Something ​described as wretched is very ​bad or of ​poorquality: Workers ​lived in wretched, ​overcrowdedshacks.
(Definition of wretched from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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