ruefulness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruefulness - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointmentruefulness - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
contriteness, contrition, attrition - sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
Translations
حُزْن، نَدَم، أسَف
lítostžal
bedrøvelighed
bánatosság
dapurlegt yfirbragî

ruefulness

[ˈruːfʊlnɪs] N (= sorrowfulness) → tristeza f; (= repentance) → arrepentimiento m

rueful

(ˈruːful) adjective
regretful; sorrowful.
ˈruefully adverb
ˈruefulness noun
References in classic literature ?
Many gloomy looks would be cast upward through the cabin skylights at the flapping sails while dinner was in progress; and some, growing bold in ruefulness, predicted that we should land about the middle of July.
Bumble, looking about him with great ruefulness, as Mr.
Listening to him speak now about what would become a one-off experience triggers ruefulness. A stellar talent went under-used for sure, but also a warriorlike appreciation of what it meant to go into sporting battle on behalf of not just your club, but your country.
Listening to him speak now about what would become a one-off experience triggers ruefulness. A stellar talent went under-used for sure, but also a warrior-like appreciation of what it meant to go into sporting battle on behalf of not just your club, but your country.
A furtive glance around my location showed a motley group of individuals crammed into this place with me, some very large and loud while others seemed to introspectively share my ruefulness at ending up in this place.
Instead of closure, all this talk of a hero's (or even a soldier's) burial for the late strongman (and recipient of fake medals of valor) has opened wounds of remembrance, recrimination, regret and ruefulness among those still surviving and those born after martial law or Edsa, whose memories have not been dulled.
"I haven't met the man who speaks Jo yet," she quips, adding however that she was involved for about seven years with "a lovely Australian man" (his name is Steve E Andrews, according to the Internet Movie Database which wrongly claims they were married) -- but the practical problems of holding down a relationship while they both worked in the film industry proved insuperable, so "we've kept the love and friendship, and we let the relationship part go", she recalls with perhaps a touch of ruefulness.
During the period Sunday 14 -- Monday 15, June 2015, Omer al-Bashir was in a state of ruefulness in South Africa fearing apprehension and handing him over to the ICC at The Hague.
In his "Growth Trilogy"' whose masterpiece is The Magnificent Ambersons (1918)--a title remembered today primarily for Orson Welles's studio-mutilated 1942 film-he described with haunting and elegiac ruefulness the alteration, in ways subtle and gross, of Midwestern life in the years between the Civil War and the War to Make the World Safe for Democracy waged by his old Princeton friend and lecturer, Woodrow Wilson.
"I don't want to figure out everything at once," he says, viewing the onslaught of training in Brzezinka with a mixture of ruefulness and self-confidence.
Despite applauding the director for making 'a vigorous and funny film which preserves the warmth and ruefulness of the play', The Bulletin's critic Sandra Hall shared Stratton's reservations about the efforts to transform the play from stage to screen through camera techniques:
a personal style." (19) She added, "I used to make [Auguste] Rodin laugh because I said, in a French equivalent: 'Nobody'd ever be able to see from what I do, whodunit, because my style changes with the people I do.'" (20) Hoffman's comically literal translation of her French conveys both her sense of humor and her self-deprecation, but also a certain ruefulness about her predicament.