wretchedness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wretched +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

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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.