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ruefully

[ roo-fuh-lee ]
/ ˈru fə li /
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adverb
in a mournful or doleful way:I found myself sitting ruefully by the side of the road, near a little town in North Carolina, waiting for a tow truck.
in a way that suggests repentance or regret:He is aware of his own flaws, at times ruefully so.
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