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- n. The property of being rueful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or state of being rueful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
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The way Ward balances ruefulness and hope is singularly impressive.
She tried to keep the ruefulness out of her voice.
Brought to his knees, with the evidence of Wolsey's duplicitous intentions scattered in letters on the floor, Cochrane provides, in the vein of Richard II, a moving account of a titan cut down to admirably human ruefulness.
"Portuondo's contralto still registers as a formidably potent and emotionally limber instrument, telegraphing ruefulness or parental tenderness or swooning romantic fatalism."
Stritch is sassy and skillful, bringing a fierce ruefulness to her performance, previously played by Angela Lansbury.
They had not made love last night—and Alice had blamed herself with a particular ruefulness.
Of ruefulness that winning was borne of what was the worst tragedy in my life.
Wennerstrom floods these sentiments with ruefulness and regret, and still in the space of a mere 11 words, also fills them with a vow not be such a mess up in the future.
That sense of pride in a life's work and ruefulness at its finitude colors every second of "Saturday Night & Sunday Morning": an autumnal masterpiece by an American master.
"I'm a man of many failings," McCain says with a genuine, if practiced, ruefulness.
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