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regretful

[ri-gret-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.
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Origin of regretful

First recorded in 1640–50; regret + -ful
Related formsre·gret·ful·ly, adverbre·gret·ful·ness, nounun·re·gret·ful, adjectiveun·re·gret·ful·ly, adverbun·re·gret·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedregretful regrettableregretfully regrettably
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Examples from the Web for regretful

Historical Examples

  • But he only gazed at her with a thoughtful, regretful perplexity.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • The handsome Cardinal was suave, courtly, regretful, but firm.

  • “That is quite true,” agreed the other, with a regretful sigh.

    The Bondwoman

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • "That is most unfortunate," replied the Count, in a regretful tone.

  • Naturally, that at first made him regretful, and later it made him jealous.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.


Word Origin and History for regretful

adj.

1640s, "full of regret," from regret + -ful. Regretfully, properly "with regret," incorrectly used in place of regrettably "it is to be regretted that; calling for regret" since at least 1965. "A regrettable use, prob. after HOPEFULLY adv.2" [OED].

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