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1. Full of sorrow; rueful.
2. Causing sorrow or pity.

ruth′ful·ly adv.
ruth′ful·ness n.


archaic full of or causing sorrow or pity
ˈruthfully adv
ˈruthfulness n


(ˈruθ fəl)

1. compassionate or sorrowful.
2. causing or apt to cause sorrow or pity.
3. feeling remorse or self-reproach.
[1175–1225; see ruth, -ful]
ruth′ful•ly, adv.
ruth′ful•ness, n.
ruth, ruthless, ruthful - Ruth, meaning "compassion, pity," is part of ruthless and ruthful.
See also related terms for pity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ruthful - feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
penitent, repentant - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds


Arousing or deserving pity:
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I still held a broken piece of glass in my hand and, though too ruthful to do him more damage, I kept it ready in case he became senseful before the police came.
(5.Cho.[5].4-6) The principle of communicating in 'mirkest terms' would certainly be familiar to Elizabethans, together with the technique of embodying them in a 'jig' where, however 'ruthful' the lesson, 'yet to beguile the time, / 'Tis interlaced with merriment and rhyme' (3.010.[3].7-8).
the ruthful vindictiveness, the fawning Pravda press,