Examples of regretfully in a Sentence
“I must leave now,” he said regretfully.
I must regretfully decline your invitation.
Recent Examples of regretfully from the Web
Following the breakup, the father of six headed to Las Vegas, where he’s regretfully turned to a life of gambling.
Regretfully many of the flower buds are going to be lost but some might be saved with good care.
Perhaps like some directors, Mr. Gunn fondly or regretfully looks back on a time when studio filmmakers could more or less do their own thing cinematically.
Regretfully, the Left wing commentators are correct.
A sign on the door said the cafe is regretfully closing.
The intensity of the sun, the island doctor tells me regretfully, requires scrupulous acclimatization.
Regretfully, all my relatives are still alive, so my fitness regimen still requires frequent nocturnal visits to the graveyard for my homemade protein powder.
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First Known Use of regretfully
Synonymsagonizingly, bitterly, dolefully, dolorously, grievously, hardly, inconsolably, lugubriously, mournfully, painfully, plaintively, hard, resentfully, ruefully, sadly, sorely, sorrowfully, unhappily, wailfully, woefully, wretchedly
Antonymsblissfully, gladly, happily, joyfully, joyously
Related Wordsabjectly, cheerlessly, crestfallenly, dejectedly, despairingly, despondently, disconsolately, dispiritedly, downheartedly, low-spiritedly; blackly, darkly, dismally, distressfully, distressingly, dourly, drearily, forlornly, gloomily, glumly, joylessly, mirthlessly, miserably, morosely, pessimistically, somberly, sullenly; acutely, harshly, keenly, piercingly, poignantly, severely, sharply; cruelly, hurtfully, ill, rancorously
Near Antonymscheerfully, cheerily, delightedly, gaily (also gayly), gleefully, good-naturedly, lightheartedly, merrily, mirthfully, rejoicingly, sunnily; blithely, blithesomely, calmly, casually, dispassionately, easily, impassively, indifferently, lightly, nonchalantly, stoically, unconcernedly; favorably, well
REGRETFULLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of regretfully for English Language Learners
: with regret : with sadness or disappointment
—used to say that something is regretted
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