KJV Dictionary Definition: wretch



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.



1. Very miserable; sunk into deep affliction or distress, either from want, anxiety or grief.

The wretched find no friends.

2. Calamitous; very afflicting; as the wretched condition of slaves in Algiers.

3. Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; as a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.

4. Despicable; hatefully vile and contemptible. He was guilty of wretched ingratitude.