rueful

Part of speech: adverb

Ruefully.

Part of speech: noun

RUEFULNESS.

Part of speech: adjective

Deplorable; pitiful.

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Usage examples "rueful":

  1. Our client looked down with a rueful face at his own unconventional appearance. - "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge", Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. Standing in the hall while these words were ringing in her head, she stayed after they were done, a rueful figure of indecision. - "Love and Lucy", Maurice Henry Hewlett.
  3. " To Brother Copas, of all people," confessed the Master with a rueful little chuckle. - "Brother Copas", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.