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 for wretched
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wretched \Wretch"ed\, a.
     1. 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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, wretched]
      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, wretched]
      4: morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as
         murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery
         appalled them"; "a slimy little liar" [syn: despicable,
         ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretched]
      5: 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,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  207 Moby Thesaurus words for "wretched":
     abject, abominable, adverse, affecting, afflicted, afflictive,
     antagonistic, arrant, atrocious, awful, base, beastly, beggarly,
     beneath contempt, bitter, blameworthy, bleak, brutal, cheap,
     cheerless, cheesy, comfortless, common, conflicting, contemptible,
     contrary, counter, counteractive, crummy, crushed, cut up, debased,
     deep-troubled, degraded, deplorable, depraved, depressing,
     depressive, desolate, despairing, despicable, despondent,
     detestable, detrimental, difficult, dire, dirty, discomforting,
     disconsolate, discontented, disgusting, dismal, dismaying,
     distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic,
     dolorous, dreadful, dreary, egregious, enormous, execrable, fetid,
     filthy, flagrant, forlorn, foul, fulsome, gaudy, gimcracky, grave,
     grievous, grim, gross, hard, harmful, hateful, heart-stricken,
     heart-struck, heartsick, heinous, hopeless, horrible, horrid,
     hostile, humorless, ignoble, in bad humor, in opposition, indolent,
     infamous, infestive, inimical, joyless, lamentable, little,
     loathsome, lousy, low, low-down, lumpen, mangy, mean, measly,
     melancholy, meretricious, mirthless, miserable, monstrous,
     mournful, moving, nasty, nefarious, noisome, not easy, notorious,
     obnoxious, odious, offensive, opposed, opposing, opposite,
     out of humor, out of sorts, outrageous, painful, paltry, pathetic,
     petty, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, pleasureless, poignant, poky,
     poor, rank, regrettable, reprehensible, reptilian, repulsive,
     rigorous, rotten, rubbishy, rueful, ruthful, sad, saddening,
     scabby, scandalous, schlock, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy,
     scuzzy, servile, shabby, shameful, sharp, shocking, shoddy,
     sinister, slumlike, slummy, small, sordid, sore, sorrowful, sorry,
     sorryish, squalid, stressful, stricken, suicidal, terrible,
     too bad, touching, trashy, troublesome, troublous, trumpery,
     trying, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny,
     twopenny-halfpenny, uncheerful, uncheery, unclean, uncomfortable,
     unfavorable, unhappy, unjoyful, unmentionable, unmirthful,
     unsmiling, untoward, valueless, vile, villainous, woebegone,
     woeful, worst, worthless

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