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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
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
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Examples from the web for ruefully
  • The photograph both unrepentantly enacts and ruefully comments on the treachery.
  • Moving, melodic and ruefully complex, the show was quite a lovely thing.
  • Some noted ruefully how the range of possible employers has narrowed with media consolidation.
British Dictionary definitions for ruefully

rueful

/ˈruːfʊl/
adjective
1.
feeling or expressing sorrow or repentance: a rueful face
2.
inspiring sorrow or pity
Derived Forms
ruefully, adverb
ruefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ruefully
adv.

early 13c., reufulike; see rueful + -ly (2).

rueful

adj.

early 13c., rewfulle, reowfule, from rue (n.2) + -ful. Related: Ruefulness.

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