(?), n.[OE. wrecche, AS. wrecca, wr\'91cca, an exile, a wretch, fr. wrecan to drive out, punish; properly, an exile, one driven out, akin to AS. wr\'91c an exile, OS. wrekkio a stranger, OHG. reccheo an exile. See Wreak, v. t.] 
1.A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy. \'bdThe wretch that lies in woe.\'b8 Shak.
Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son, Wretch even then, life's journey just begun?Cowper.
2.One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch.
Wretch is sometimes used by way of slight or ironical pity or contempt, and sometimes to express tenderness; as we say, poor thing. \'bdPoor wretch was never frighted so.\'b8Drayton.
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