Rueful is an adjective that is used to describe expressing sorrow or regret, especially in a wry or humorous way. Exciting pity or sympathy. Mournful, doleful.


  1. He apologized with a ‘rueful’ grin.
  2. She had a ‘rueful’ look on her face.
  3. They were ‘rueful’ about the situation at hand.

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