Meaning of “wretched” in the English Dictionary

"wretched" in British English

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wretchedadjective

uk /ˈretʃ.ɪd/ us /ˈretʃ.ɪd/

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.
wretchedness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈretʃ.ɪd.nəs/ us /ˈretʃ.ɪd.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 extremely sad:

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 poor quality:

Workers lived in wretched, overcrowded shacks.

(Definition of “wretched” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)