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From Middle English wreccheful; equivalent to wretch +‎ -ful.


wretchful (comparative more wretchful, superlative most wretchful)

  1. (archaic) wretched
    • 2012, Rudolph Altrocchi, PhD; Edited by Paul and John Altrocchi, The Playful Spirit: Italian Humor - Page 130:
      The wretch had the pernicious habit of writing in Milanese dialect. He was doubly wretchful when he took the liberty of giving birth to parodies of the Divine Comedy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for wretchful in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)