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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of sorrow; rueful.
  • adj. Causing sorrow or pity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of sorrow; sorrowful; woeful; rueful.
  • adj. Causing pity; piteous.
  • adj. Full of ruth or pity; merciful; compassionate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pitiful; tender.
  • adj. Full of sorrow; woeful.
  • adj. Causing sorrow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of sorrow; sorrowful; woful; rueful.
  • Causing ruth or pity; piteous.
  • Full of ruth or pity; merciful; compassionate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Etymologies

From Middle English reuthful, reowthful, equivalent to ruth +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

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