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Definition of rueful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

rueful

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈrufl//
 
 
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feeling or showing that you are sad or sorry a rueful smile
NAmE//ˈrufəli//
 
adverb He laughed ruefully. “So this is goodbye,” she said ruefully. He ruefully admitted that he envied her.
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