Wretch \Wretch\, n. [OE. wrecche, AS. wrecca, wr[ae]cca, an
exile, a wretch, fr. wrecan to drive out, punish; properly,
an exile, one driven out, akin to AS. wr[ae]c an exile, OS.
wrekkio a stranger, OHG. reccheo an exile. See Wreak
1. A miserable person; one profoundly unhappy. "The wretch
that lies in woe." --Shak.
Hovered thy spirit o'er thy sorrowing son,
Wretch even then, life's journey just begun?
2. One sunk in vice or degradation; a base, despicable
person; a vile knave; as, a profligate wretch.
Note: Wretch is sometimes used by way of slight or ironical
pity or contempt, and sometimes to express tenderness;
as we say, poor thing. "Poor wretch was never frighted