Definition of wretchedly in US English:



  • See wretched

    as submodifier ‘a wretchedly poor country’
    • ‘Commiserating with grieving relatives, I always told them that I felt wretchedly responsible for what had happened and apologised in person where I could.’
    • ‘I watched them wretchedly age, season after season, and no matter how bad my mood, I could always worsen it by glancing at them.’
    • ‘Michele's village is obviously and wretchedly poor.’
    • ‘But it stressed that, despite the improvement, the amount fell wretchedly short of what was needed - and warned that some countries had been so crippled by the pandemic that they risked instability.’
    • ‘I felt wretchedly horrible and I really did believe it was partly my fault Will was here in the hospital and he was paralysed.’