rueful

[roo-fuh l] /ˈru fəl/
adjective
1.
causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable:
"a rueful plight."
2.
feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity; mournful; doleful:
"the rueful look on her face."
Origin
1175–1225; Middle English reowful. See rue1, -ful
Related forms
ruefully, adverb
ruefulness, noun
half-rueful, adjective
half-ruefully, adverb
unrueful, adjective
unruefully, adverb
unruefulness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for half rueful
rueful (ˈruːfʊl)
 
adj
1.  feeling or expressing sorrow or repentance: a rueful face
2.  inspiring sorrow or pity
 
'ruefully
 
adv
 
'ruefulness
 
n

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Word Origin and History for half rueful
rueful
early 13c., rewfulle, reowfule, from rue (v.) + -ful.
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