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Definition of "ruefully" [ruefully]

  • Feeling or expressing sorrow or repentance (adjective)
  • Inspiring sorrow or pity (adjective)
  • In a rueful manner; causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow. (adverb)

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Use "ruefully" in a sentence
  • "Then, turning to ride back into Oakland, a thought came to him that made him grin ruefully as he muttered: And now it's up to me to make good and buy that blamed quarry."
  • "In the revised edition (1992) of his book Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, the sociologist Andrew Cherlin ruefully comments: If there were a truth-in-labeling law for books, the title of this edition should be something long and unwieldy like Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, More"
  • "He reiterated, as well, his devotion to non-violent principles, recalling ruefully that when Tibetans briefly resorted to political force in an uprising in the 1950s the result was "more suppression, more control, more rigidity" – and a half-million dead."