Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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WRETCH, noun

1. A miserable person; one sunk in the deepest distress; as a forlorn wretch

2. A worthless mortal; as a contemptible wretch

3. A person sunk in vice; as a profligate wretch

4. It is sometimes used by way of slight or ironical pity or contempt.

Poor wretch was never frighted so.

5. It is sometimes used to express tenderness; as we say, poor thing.