[ UK /ɹˈuːfə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈɹufəɫ/ ]
  1. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
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How To Use rueful In A Sentence

  • He has a habit, he admits ruefully, of crocking himself.
  • Hats bowl away, coats fly open, skirts cling, umbrellas flype themselves: and their owners, grotesquely running, grabbing, snatching, struggling, are consumed with rueful and involuntary mirth. Try Anything Twice
  • A small gas - jet furnished sufficient light for so rueful a corner.
  • Her big brown eyes were looking into mine with apology, her lips were outlining a somewhat rueful and shy half-smile. A Glimpse of Love
  • And, sure enough, there was Kennedy, with rueful face and a maudlin romaunt about a moonlit meeting with a swarm of painted Sioux, over which the stable guard were making merry and stirring the trooper's soul to wrath ungovernable. A Daughter of the Sioux A Tale of the Indian frontier
  • I told her about my coffee date with my neighbour last week, and we analysed with our usual ruefulness the mixture of mellowness and awkwardness that arose.
  • Just rueful reflection on the one that got away. Times, Sunday Times
  • A small, weary, rueful smile. Times, Sunday Times
  • Gluttony, Orson Welles once said ruefully, is not a secret vice and unhappily the solution to weight loss is also blindingly obvious - whatever you eat, eat less.
  • Those who have crossed him describe the experience ruefully.
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