AskDefine | Define rueful

Dictionary Definition

rueful adj : feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses [syn: contrite, remorseful, ruthful, sorry]

User Contributed Dictionary



rue + -ful


  1. Causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow.
  2. Inspiring pity or compassion.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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