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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wretched \Wretch"ed\, a.
Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. "To what wretched state reserved!" --Milton. [1913 Webster] O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wretched adj
1 of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment" [syn: deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful]
2 characterized by physical misery; "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor" [syn: miserable]
3 very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages" [syn: miserable, suffering]
4 deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor]

Moby Thesaurus

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  1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief; calamitous; woeful; very afflicting.
  2. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; miserable; as, a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
  3. Hatefully contemptible; despicable; wicked.


Very miserable
Hatefully contemptible


  • To what wretched state reserved! Milton
  • Wretched ungratefulness. Sir Philip Sidney

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Wretched was a hardcore punk band from Milan, Italy. Along with other bands such as Indigesti, they formed the basis of the hardcore scene in Italy during the 1980s. Their music was usually fast-paced with violent and dark lyrics.



  • Indigesti/Wretched Split (1982)
  • In nome del loro potere tutto è stato fatto... per distruggere il mondo dove vivi tu (1983)
  • Finirà mai (1983)


  • Libero di vivere/Libero di morire (1984)
  • La tua morte non aspetta (1986)


  • Lotta per vivere
  • Vivi ogni momento (2005)
wretched in Italian: Wretched
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