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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:
References in classic literature ?
"It be more to his liking to come while the master be home to welcome him," said De Stutevill, ruthfully. "But yet I am always in fear for the safety of my wife and daughters when I be away from Derby for any time.
Truthfully, you don't ruthfully, you don't have to at all, so pace yourself.
In other words, the agent will reveal its information Ruthfully and immediately.