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rueful

[ roo-fuhl ]
/ ˈru fəl /
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adjective
causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable: a rueful plight.
feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow, repentance, or regret: the rueful look on her face.
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Origin of rueful

First recorded in 1175–1225, rueful is from the Middle English word reowful; see rue1, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for rueful

rueful
/ (ˈruːfʊl) /

adjective
feeling or expressing sorrow or repentancea rueful face
inspiring sorrow or pity

Derived forms of rueful

ruefully, adverbruefulness, noun
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