1 miserable, awful, terrible, atrocious, deplorable, Colloq lousy, rotten:
We had the most wretched weather throughout our holiday.
2 unhappy, sad, miserable, woebegone, woeful, dismal, downhearted, heartbroken, broken-hearted, heartsick, dejected, depressed, melancholic, melancholy, mournful, disconsolate, inconsolable, doleful, cheerless, crestfallen, joyless, desolate:
If you want to see a wretched human being, look at a boy whose dog is lost.
3 pitiable, pathetic, sorry, pitiful, hapless, hopeless, unfortunate, miserable:
The poor in these tropical paradises are some of the most wretched people on earth.
4 vile, shameful, scurvy, underhand(ed), treacherous, contemptible, despicable, base, low, mean, paltry, mean-spirited, detestable:
It was hard to see how the people could support such a wretched little demagogue.