Synonyms of wretched
1 unfortunateDictionary • wretched people living in abject poverty
unfortunate • charity days to raise money for unfortunate people
poor • I feel sorry for that poor child.
sorry • She is in a sorry state.
hapless • the hapless victim struggled helplessly
pitiful • It was the most pitiful sight I had ever seen.
luckless • the luckless parent of an extremely difficult child
pitiable • Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure.
2 unhappyDictionary • The wretched look on the little girl's face melted his heart.
unhappy • Her marriage is in trouble and she is desperately unhappy.
depressed • He seemed somewhat depressed.
miserable • She went to bed, miserable and depressed.
gloomy • He is gloomy about the fate of the economy.
hopeless • Even able pupils feel hopeless about job prospects.
dismal • You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
melancholy • It was at this time of day that he felt most melancholy.
forlorn • He looked a forlorn figure as he limped off.
abject • Both of them died in abject poverty.
woeful • those woeful people to whom life had dealt a bad hand
dejected • Everyone has days when they feel dejected or down.
downcast • a glum, downcast expression
disconsolate • He was looking increasingly disconsolate.
crestfallen • He looked crestfallen when she turned him down.
doleful • He stared over his glasses with a doleful look.
down in the dumps (informal)
cheerless • They were like a restless, cheerless throng of lost souls.
woebegone • She sniffed and looked quite woebegone.
brokenhearted • I was brokenhearted when she left.
3 worthlessDictionary • What a wretched excuse!
worthless • This piece of old junk is totally worthless.
poor • The wine is very poor.
miserable • They have so far accepted a miserable 1,100 refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
pathetic • That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
inferior • The cassettes were of inferior quality.
deplorable • Many of them work under deplorable conditions.
4 shamefulDictionary • Politicians - I hate the whole wretched lot of them.
shameful • It is a shameful state of affairs.
mean • Upstaging the bride was a particularly mean trick.
low • That was a really low trick.
base • Love has the power to overcome the baser emotions.
shabby • It was hard to know why the man deserved such shabby treatment.
vile • a vile and despicable crime
low-down (informal) • They will stoop to every low-down trick.
paltry • She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
despicable • He said it was a despicable crime.
contemptible • Her husband is a contemptible little man.
scurvy (old-fashioned) • It was a scurvy trick to play.
5 illDictionary • The flu was making him feel absolutely wretched.
ill • He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
poorly (informal) • I've just phoned Julie and she's still poorly.
sick • He's very sick.
crook (Australian, New Zealand, informal) • He admitted to feeling a bit crook.
unwell • He felt unwell as he was being driven back to his office.
off colour (British, informal)
under the weather (informal) • I'm feeling a bit under the weather today.
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abjectYou use abject to emphasize that a situation or quality is extremely bad.
• Both of them died in abject poverty.
baseBase behaviour is behaviour that is immoral or dishonest.
• Love has the power to overcome the baser emotions.
scungy (Australian, New Zealand)
scungy (Australian, New Zealand)
brokenheartedoverwhelmed by grief or disappointment
• I was brokenhearted when she left.
Thesaurus for wretched from the Collins English Thesaurus