Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: rueful
IPA transcription: [ɹ'ufəl]
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful
    Meaning: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
Usage examples
  • "I begin to think there's truth in the old saw, 'It's hard to teach old dogs new tricks,'" remarked Mr. Travilla, with a comically rueful face. "I've a mind to give it up.
  • To this, he in the green gaban replied "I, Sir Knight of the Rueful Countenance, am a gentleman by birth, native of the village where, please God, we are going to dine today; I am more than fairly well off, and my name is Don Diego de Miranda.
  • In short, to sum up all in a few words, or in a single one, I may tell you I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, otherwise called 'The Knight of the Rueful Countenance;' for though self-praise is degrading, I must perforce sound my own sometimes, that is to say, when there is no one at hand to do it for me.