rueful

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adjective rue·ful \ˈrü-fəl\

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

ruefully

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ruefulness

noun

Examples of rueful in a sentence

  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


RUEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

rueful

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adjective rue·ful \ˈrü-fəl\

Definition of rueful for English Language Learners

  • : showing or feeling regret for something done


RUEFUL Defined for Kids

rueful

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adjective rue·ful \ˈrü-fəl\

Definition of rueful for Students

  1. 1 :  exciting pity or sympathy

  2. 2 :  mournful 1, regretful



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