Wretch \rech\ , noun;
1. A deplorably unfortunate or unhappy person
2. A person of despicable or base character
The origin of wretch is Old English wrecca ("wretch, stranger, exile") from Proto-Germanic *wrakjan. Wrecca is related to Old English wreccan ("to drive out, punish"), which is the forebear of wreak. The meaning "vile, despicable person" developed in Old English as a reflection of the sorry state of an outcast.