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adjective as in regretful

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Then she paused, glanced away from the camera, and took a long, rueful breath.

Rueful laughter from both men turned to thoughtfulness in Stittsworth.

You can only ever see it from an outsider and comment on it with the rueful wisdom of a non participant.

A discussion of a London cheese shop sends her into paroxysms of rueful joy.

But most of them must be delivered from on the peninsula, where Bob is standing, casting a rueful eye on the whole show.

“You can pick which lines can come out,” Spitzer said with a rueful smile.

Gwynne regarded the thin sole of his house shoe with so rueful a countenance that the judge laughed outright.

Pale, lean, taciturn and somewhat deaf, he bore much resemblance to the Knight of the Rueful Countenance.

By this time he was in a wholly different mood; angry with himself, and full of rueful thought about his wife.

At the rueful outcry, Clifford turned, just in time to see the bobbing bundle disappear in the muddy water.

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.


On this page you'll find 30 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rueful, such as: mournful, sad, apologetic, ashamed, deplorable, and lamentable.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.