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Definition of "rueful" []

  • Inspiring pity or compassion. (adjective)
  • Causing, feeling, or expressing sorrow or regret. (adjective)
  • Feeling or expressing sorrow or repentance (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Inspiring sorrow or pity (adjective)

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Use "rueful" in a sentence
  • "In fact, it could be the kind of flop that folks around the blogosphere discuss in rueful tones."
  • "With wry insight, he views the Steins ensconced in rueful domesticity."
  • "Priscilla, in rueful remembrance of many trips to the dressmaker's."