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rueful

rueful

adjective rue·ful \ˈrü-fəl\

: showing or feeling regret for something done

Full Definition of RUEFUL

1
:  exciting pity or sympathy :  pitiable <rueful squalid poverty … by every wayside — John Morley>
2
:  mournful, regretful <troubled her with a rueful disquiet — W. M. Thackeray>
rue·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
rue·ful·ness noun

Examples of RUEFUL

  1. He gave me a rueful smile and apologized.
  2. <the rueful faces of friends and family who had gathered to pay their last respects>

First Known Use of RUEFUL

13th century

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