rueful


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

rue·ful

 (ro͞o′fəl)
adj.
Causing, feeling, or expressing sorrow or regret: "He gave the young officer the rueful look of a father exasperated with his misbehaving son" (Khaled Hosseini).

rue′ful·ly adv.
rue′ful·ness n.

rueful

(ˈruːfʊl)
adj
1. feeling or expressing sorrow or repentance: a rueful face.
2. inspiring sorrow or pity
ˈruefully adv
ˈruefulness n

rue•ful

(ˈru fəl)

adj.
1. feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or regret: a rueful admission.
2. causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable.
[1175–1225]
rue′ful•ly, adv.
rue′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rueful - feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
penitent, repentant - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

rueful

rueful

adjective
1. Arousing or deserving pity:
3. Full of or expressive of sorrow:
Translations
حَزين ، نادِم، آسف
žalostný
bedrøvelig
sorgmæddur, mæîulegur
bēdīgsnožēlas pilns

rueful

[ˈruːfʊl] ADJ (= sorrowful) → triste; (= repentant) → arrepentido

rueful

[ˈruːfʊl] adjcontrit(e)

rueful

adj lookreuig, reuevoll; situationbeklagenswert

rueful

[ˈruːfʊl] adj (liter) → mesto/a

rueful

(ˈruːful) adjective
regretful; sorrowful.
ˈruefully adverb
ˈruefulness noun
References in classic literature ?
The White Whale, said the Englishman, pointing his ivory arm towards the East, and taking a rueful sight along it, as if it had been a telescope; There I saw him, on the Line, last season.
said Sam, with rueful submission, at the same time winking most Portentously to Andy, whose delight was now very near the explosive point.
Herbert probably would have been scratching his head in a most rueful manner at the sight of his accumulating figures.
Pensive here I sat Alone, but long I sat not, till my womb Pregnant by thee, and now excessive grown Prodigious motion felt and rueful throes.
And said Sancho, "If by chance these gentlemen should want to know who was the hero that served them so, your worship may tell them that he is the famous Don Quixote of La Mancha, otherwise called the Knight of the Rueful Countenance.
The whole story of the past night sprang into his mind with every detail, as by an exercise of the direct and speedy sense of sight, and he arose from the ditch and, with rueful courage, went to meet his love.
In high good humor with their easy triumph, the savages now formed a circle round the fire and performed a war dance, with the unlucky trappers for rueful spectators.
It was a moving sight to behold him wasting away day by day, growing thinner and thinner and ghastlier and ghastlier, and staring with rueful visage from under an old patchwork counterpane, upon the jury of matrons kindly assembled to sigh and groan and look unhappy around him.
With a rueful visage I now bethought me of the scanty handful of bread I had stuffed into the bosom of my frock, and felt somewhat desirous to ascertain what part of it had weathered the rather rough usage it had experienced in ascending the mountain.
The poor Canadians eyed them with rueful glances, and now and then a fearful ejaculation escaped them.
said Kim, bubbling with mirth at the lama's rueful face.
quoth Mother Rigby, with a rueful glance at the relics of her ill-fated contrivance.