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    Thumbs up "Quite wretched"

    Hello, Teacher:

    I was wondering what the phrase "quite wretched" actually means, as in "The intonation however is [quite wretched]" or «“Schrödinger’s achievement,” Born continued, “reduces itself to something purely mathematical; his physics is [quite wretched].”».

    Thank you.

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    Re: "Quite wretched"

    Hello Shaheb

    Here, it means 'in a poor condition', or 'of poor quality'. For instance, "I feel quite wretched this morning" means "I don't feel very well". You might say it if you were suffering from a hang-over.

    'Wretched' can also be used to mean 'contemptible', as in the traditional schoolmaster's utterance:

    1. Wretched boy!

    But it's not usual for 'quite' to precede it, in this sense.

    Best wishes
    MrP

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