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Definition of rueful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rueful

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈruːfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːfl//
 
Unhappiness
 
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feeling or showing that you are sad or sorry a rueful smile See related entries: Unhappiness Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘pitiable’): from the noun rue ‘regret’ + -ful.
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