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rueful

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adjective rue·ful \ˈrü-fəl\

Simple Definition of rueful

  • : showing or feeling regret for something done

Full Definition of rueful

  1. 1 :  exciting pity or sympathy :  pitiable <rueful squalid poverty … by every wayside — John Morley>

  2. 2 :  mournful, regretful <troubled her with a rueful disquiet — W. M. Thackeray>

rue·ful·ly play \-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>



13th Century

First Known Use of rueful

13th century



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