(460) Word/ Wretch [英単語]

Word/ Wretch

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Amazing grace is a famous song of gospel. In its words I found a word ‘wretch’. I didn’t know the meaning of this word.

‘Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!’

I thought this word is hard for me. So I'll have no chance to use this word by myself.
  The other day I happened to see a similar word,’ wretched’ in a picture book for children. I can guess its meaning because I knew of
wretch. So I changed my mind to that I should learn this word, wretched as an English learner. 

1. Meaning:
 (1) wretch [rétʃ]: a poor, unhappy person (Oxford wordpower dictionary)
      Old-fashioned someone that you feel sorry for (Longman Active Study Dictionary)

 (2) wretched [rétʃɪd]: Very unhappy (Oxford wordpower dictionary)
      Someone who is wretched is very unhappy or ill, and you feel sorry for
      Them (Longman Active Study Dictionary)

 2. How to use these words:
 (1) The poor wretch was clearly starving. (Oxford wordpower dictionary)
 (2) “No one shall tell me that I was once a mouse!” But an old hermit1), mighty at
magic does tell him; for it was he who first changed the tiger from a
wretched little mouse to a stout2) cat, to a big dog, and finally, to his proud and royal self.
(picture book named Once A Mouse

1) hermit/ 
2) stout/ 頑丈な,丈夫な,強い

Once a Mouse...

Once a Mouse...

  • 作者: Marcia Brown
  • 出版社/メーカー: Aladdin
  • 発売日: 1989/09/30
  • メディア: ペーパーバック




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