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synonyms for rueful

  • mournful
  • sad
  • apologetic
  • ashamed
  • deplorable
  • lamentable
  • remorseful
  • repentant
  • sorrowful
  • sorry
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How to use rueful in a sentence

Then she paused, glanced away from the camera, and took a long, rueful breath.
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Gwynne regarded the thin sole of his house shoe with so rueful a countenance that the judge laughed outright.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Pale, lean, taciturn and somewhat deaf, he bore much resemblance to the Knight of the Rueful Countenance.
REPERTORY OF THE COMEDIE HUMAINE, COMPLETE, A -- ZANATOLE CERFBERR AND JULES FRANOIS CHRISTOPHE
By this time he was in a wholly different mood; angry with himself, and full of rueful thought about his wife.
MARRIAGE LA MODEMRS. HUMPHRY WARD
At the rueful outcry, Clifford turned, just in time to see the bobbing bundle disappear in the muddy water.
A FORTUNE HUNTER; OR, THE OLD STONE CORRALJOHN DUNLOE CARTERET
In order to carry out my wife's orders, I had to disentangle Susan from Liosha's embrace and pack her off rueful to the nursery.
JAFFERYWILLIAM J. LOCKE
She smiled into his eyes and made a rueful little gesture with both hands, which she allowed to fall gracefully to her sides.
THE ENVOY, HERHORACE BROWN FYFE
The man gave a sort of rueful laugh and came and delivered the pick and coolly watched the cradle.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MENDCHARLES READE
Isabel laughed a little to herself, in a rueful fashion, as she hurried along the road.
COUNTRY NEIGHBORSALICE BROWN
Duty, as he conceived it, pointed him forward on the rueful path that he was travelling.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, VOLUME XXIROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
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WORDS RELATED TO RUEFUL

  • atoning
  • attritional
  • compunctious
  • conciliatory
  • contrite
  • expiatory
  • explanatory
  • on one's knees
  • penitent
  • penitential
  • propitiatory
  • regretful
  • remorseful
  • repentant
  • rueful
  • self-effacing
  • self-incriminating
  • sorry
  • supplicating
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.