rueful

  • 1 Rueful — Rue ful, a. 1. Causing one to rue or lament; woeful; mournful; sorrowful. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing sorrow. Rueful faces. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Two rueful figures, with long black cloaks. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] {Rue ful*ly}, adv. {Rue… …

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  • 2 rueful — index contrite, despondent, lamentable, penitent, remorseful, repentant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 3 rueful — early 13c., rewfulle, reowfule, from RUE (Cf. rue) (v.) + FUL (Cf. ful) …

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  • 4 rueful — dolorous, doleful, lugubrious, plaintive, *melancholy Analogous words: depressed, weighed down, oppressed (see DEPRESS): piteous, *pitiful: despairing, *despondent, hopeless …

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  • 5 rueful — [adj] regretful apologetic, ashamed, deplorable, lamentable, mournful, remorseful, repentant, sad, sorrowful, sorry; concept 403 …

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  • 6 rueful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ expressing regret, especially in a wry or humorous way. DERIVATIVES ruefully adverb ruefulness noun …

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  • 7 rueful — [ro͞o′fəl] adj. 1. causing sorrow or pity; lamentable 2. a) feeling or showing sorrow or pity; mournful b) feeling or showing regret, esp. in an abashed way ruefully adv. ruefulness n …

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  • 8 rueful — [[t]ru͟ːfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone is rueful, they feel or express regret or sorrow in a quiet and gentle way. [LITERARY] He shook his head and gave me a rueful smile... Our marriage was a mistake, she said, looking rueful. Derived words:… …

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  • 9 rueful — adjective Date: 13th century 1. exciting pity or sympathy ; pitiable < rueful squalid poverty…by every wayside John Morley > 2. mournful, regretful < troubled her with a rueful disquiet W. M. Thackeray > • ruefully adverb • ruefulness …

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  • 10 rueful — ruefully, adv. ruefulness, n. /rooh feuhl/, adj. 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. [1175 1225; ME reowful. See RUE1 …

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  • 11 rueful — adj. Rueful is used with these nouns: ↑grin, ↑laugh, ↑smile …

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  • 12 rueful — rue|ful [ˈru:fəl] adj feeling or showing that you wish you had not done something ▪ a rueful smile >ruefully adv ▪ He smiled ruefully …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 rueful — adjective feeling or showing that you wish you had not done something: a rueful smile ruefully adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 rueful — adjective his rueful expression said it all Syn: regretful, apologetic, sorry, remorseful, shamefaced, sheepish, abashed, hangdog, contrite, repentant, penitent, conscience stricken, sorrowful, sad …

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  • 15 rueful — rue•ful [[t]ˈru fəl[/t]] adj. 1) feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or regret: a rueful admission[/ex] 2) causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable • Etymology: 1175–1225 rue′ful•ly, adv. rue′ful•ness, n …

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  • 16 rueful — /ˈrufəl/ (say roohfuhl) adjective 1. such as to cause sorrow or pity; deplorable; pitiable: a rueful plight. 2. feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity; wry; mournful; doleful. {rue1 + ful} –ruefully, adverb –ruefulness, noun …

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  • 17 rueful — adjective a) Causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow. b) Inspiring pity or compassion. See Also: rue …

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  • 18 rueful — Synonyms and related words: addicted, affecting, afflictive, aggrieved, anguished, ashamed, bitter, bleak, careworn, cheerless, comfortless, conscience smitten, conscience stricken, deplorable, depressed, depressing, depressive, despairing,… …

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  • 19 rueful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. sorrowful, regretful, doleful; pitiable, deplorable, pathetic. See dejection, pain, regret. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Penitent] Syn. contrite, remorseful, regretful; see ashamed , sorry 1 . 2.… …

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  • 20 rueful — rue|ful [ rufl ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY showing that you are sorry about something ╾ rue|ful|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English