The condition of slaves at Athens was not in general a wretched one.
He returned to a wretched kingdom, torn with civil war.
It proved a wretched exchange.
If we were in Vienna it would be easy, but here, in this wretched Moravian hole, it is more difficult, and I beg you all to help me.
Johnson was a wretched etymologist.
My wretched lawsuit takes all I have and makes no progress.
This wretched fiasco was hardly less satisfactory to the majority of Germans than the manner in which the national claims in Schleswig-Holstein were maintained.
The remaining history of the dynasty is a wretched story of the struggle of different claimants, while the different factors of the kingdom, the cities and barbarian races, more and more assert their independence.
Then a higher God, hitherto unknown, and concealed even from the Demiurge, took pity on the wretched, condemned race of men.
When at the end of this wretched time he left for Gastein, in May 1824, he had almost entirely lost the hearing of his right ear.
He screwed up his eyes with a dissatisfied look as he gazed attentively and fixedly at these prisoners, who presented a specially wretched appearance.
Her husband was a wretched creature.
Not only the nobility, but many others who had no legal claim to exemption, paid no taxes; the weight of the burden fell on the wretched country-folk.
Indeed, as he himself said afterwards, it was a wretched time for chemistry in Germany.
They were shunned and hated; were allotted separate quarters in towns, called cagoteries, and lived in wretched huts in the country distinct from the villages.
Young coupled his prose with the poetry of the wretched D'Urfey.
"If we get to Vienna I'll get rid of it there but in these wretched little towns there's nowhere to spend it," said he.
What a wretched idea to go and bury themselves in the steppes when the French army is in Moscow.
Having borrowed money from his brother-in-law, Nicholas tried to hide his wretched condition from him.
Many towns were founded, among which were Dresden, Leipzig and Freiburg; Chemnitz began its textile industry; and although the condition of the peasants was wretched, that of the townsmen was improving.
No means of eschewing this wretched state of decay?
Unable to rise, the wretched people multiplied on their potato plots with perfect recklessness.
Then came the stress of war in Europe, a wretched neutrality at home, fierce outbreaks of human passions, and the fair structure of government by a priori theories based on the goodness of unoppressed humanity came to the ground.
Meantime the uttermost farthing was wrung from the wretched fellahin, while they were forced to the building of magnificent public works by unpaid labor.
Therefore he seems to me a very foolish man, and very wretched, who will not increase his understanding while he is in the world, and ever wish and long to reach that endless life where all shall be made clear.
In medieval times it was evidently still a strong place, but it has now sunk, in the general decay of Pamphylia, to a wretched hamlet.
Atar is inhabited by Arab and Berber tribes, and is described as a wretched spot.
But he finally passed on the wretched fiction as a heritage of his descendants, to cause untold woes in the 15th century.
He made a wretched emissary, and there was no limit to his arrogance, noisiness and indiscretion.
Count!... Don't ruin a young fellow... here is this wretched money, take it...
Their squadron remained in reserve and Nicholas Rostov spent that day in a dull and wretched mood.
His portion is illustrated by two hundred and ninety-nine coloured plates that, wretched as they are, have been continually reproduced in various text-books - a fact possibly due to their subjects having been judiciously selected.
After liberation the hard-labour convicts are settled in villages; but nearly all are in a wretched condition, and more than one-third have disappeared without being accounted for.
Ahvaz reached the height of its prosperity in the 12th and 13th centuries and is now a collection of wretched hovels, with a small rectangular fort in a state of ruin, and an Arab population of about 400.
To have done so would have been impossible, in spite of his brilliant gifts, had he been no more than the "wretched scribe" sneered at by Napoleon.
The so-called coast towns are commonly at some distance from the seashore, and their shipping ports are little more than a straggling collection of wretched habitations in the vicinity of the landing-stage and its offices and warehouses.
Lord Macaulay's description of Roxana, Moll Flanders and Colonel Jack as "utterly nauseous and wretched" must be set aside as a freak of criticism.
The French halted, somewhat loosened by pursuit, between Rossomme and Genappe and spent a wretched night in the sodden fields.
From this place he again fled and wandered about for some time in a wretched fashion, still writing the Confessions, constantly receiving generous help, and always quarrelling with, or at least suspecting, the helpers.
The wretched inmates were dependent for food upon the caprice of their gaolers or the charity of the benevolent; water was denied them except in the scantiest proportions; their only bedding was putrid straw.
But Mr Lang's answer on that point is that this humble supernumerary in Roux de Marsilly's conspiracy simply became one more wretched victim of the "red tape" of the old French absolute monarchy.
Thus surrounded by dangers on all sides the wretched shah was bewildered.
By 1086 the number of houses had decreased to too, and of these 20 were in such a wretched condition that they could not pay geld.
The wretched captives were then chained and left in the court.