wretchedness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wrecchednesse; equivalent to wretched +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛt͡ʃɪdnəs/
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  • Hyphenation: wretch‧ed‧ness

Noun[edit]

wretchedness (usually uncountable, plural wretchednesses)

  1. An unhappy state of mental or physical suffering.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 3
      She saw only that he was quiet and unobtrusive, and she liked him for it. He did not disturb the wretchedness of her mind by ill-timed conversation.
  2. A state of prolonged misfortune, privation, or anguish.

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