rueful


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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 ?
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."
"Why," said the Kite, "do I see you with such a rueful look?' "I seek," she replied, "a mate suitable for me, and am not able to find one." "Take me," returned the Kite, "I am much stronger than you are." "Why, are you able to secure the means of living by your plunder?' "Well, I have often caught and carried away an ostrich in my talons." The Eagle, persuaded by these words, accepted him as her mate.
He gave a little start, and then smiled, but his smile was rueful.
Having rested here, for a minute or so, to collect a good burst of sobs and an imposing show of tears and terror, he knocked loudly at the wicket; and presented such a rueful face to the aged pauper who opened it, that even he, who saw nothing but rueful faces about him at the best of times, started back in astonishment.
My face had made her rueful. "No, I like it worse!" But after an instant I added: "Did they say why I should like it better?"
They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face.
She looked up into my face with a rueful expression.
Again the rueful expression came on her face, and again I smiled in a superior way.
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.
"Well, well!" said he, with a rueful face; "the girl has actually done it."
"Miss Cornelia says them for you," said Gilbert with a rueful smile.
'It's a pity, isn't it?' said I; and whether I rightly divined his musings or not, the observation chimed in with his thoughts, for he answered - 'It can't be helped,' with a rueful smile at my penetration.