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wretched

adjective uk   /ˈretʃ.ɪd/ us  

wretched adjective (BAD QUALITY)

C2 unpleasant or of low quality: a wretched childhood The house was in a wretched state.

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)

used to express anger when something annoying happens: My wretched car's broken down again.
wretchedness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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