From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wretched \Wretch"ed\, a.
   1. Very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by, deep
      affliction or distress, as from want, anxiety, or grief;
      calamitous; woeful; very afflicting. "To what wretched
      state reserved!" --Milton.
      [1913 Webster]

            O cruel! Death! to those you are more kind
            Than to the wretched mortals left behind. --Waller.
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