1. a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune (Freq. 1)

the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable

Syn: ↑misery, ↑miserableness
Derivationally related forms: ↑miserable (for: ↑miserableness), ↑wretched
Hypernyms: ↑ill-being
Hyponyms: ↑concentration camp, ↑living death, ↑suffering, ↑woe
2. the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant

the wretchedness for which these prisons became known


the grey wretchedness of the rain

Derivationally related forms: ↑wretched
Hypernyms: ↑discomfort, ↑uncomfortableness
3. the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry

he has compiled a record second to none in its wretchedness

Derivationally related forms: ↑wretched
Hypernyms: ↑inferiority, ↑low quality

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