compassionate or sorrowful.
causing or apt to cause sorrow or pity.
feeling remorse or self-reproach.
- ruth·ful·ly, adverb
- ruth·ful·ness, noun
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How to use ruthful in a sentence
Jones stood close at my elbow, with a face as festive now as it was ruthful not long before.
Sad was the man that word to hear that him so heavied in bowels ruthful.Ulysses | James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for ruthful
archaic full of or causing sorrow or pity
- ruthfully, adverb
- ruthfulness, noun
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