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

ruth′ful·ly adv.
ruth′ful·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruthfulness - a state of gloomy sorrow
woefulness, woe - intense mournfulness
sorrow - an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"
plaintiveness - expressing sorrowfulness
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Furthermore, facial expressions are not always dispositive when it comes to demeanor and it is possible that nonfacial body language is actually more indicative of ruthfulness. At the very least, this research should spur reconsideration of the idea that the need for physical demeanor evidence is sufficient justification for forcing the witness to unveil.
As famous for his sartorial elegance as for his ruthfulness, he revelled in his icon status.