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 for wretchedness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wretchedness \Wretch"ed*ness\, n.
     1. The quality or state of being wretched; utter misery.
        --Sir W. Raleigh.
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     2. A wretched object; anything despicably. [Obs.]
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              Eat worms and such wretchedness.      --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune; "the
           misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"
           [syn: misery, wretchedness, miserableness]
      2: the character of being uncomfortable and unpleasant; "the
         wretchedness for which these prisons became known"; "the grey
         wretchedness of the rain"
      3: the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry; "he has
         compiled a record second to none in its wretchedness"

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