Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a rueful manner.
  • Pitiably; lamentably; deplorably.
  • Sorrowfully; mournfully; lugubriously.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a rueful manner; causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow.

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

  • adverb in a rueful manner

Etymologies

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rueful +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Then, turning to ride back into Oakland, a thought came to him that made him grin ruefully as he muttered: And now it's up to me to make good and buy that blamed quarry.

    Chapter XIII

  • In the revised edition (1992) of his book Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, the sociologist Andrew Cherlin ruefully comments: If there were a truth-in-labeling law for books, the title of this edition should be something long and unwieldy like Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, More

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • In the revised edition (1992) of his book Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, the sociologist Andrew Cherlin ruefully comments: If there were a truth-in-labeling law for books, the title of this edition should be something long and unwieldy like Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, More

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • In the revised edition (1992) of his book Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, the sociologist Andrew Cherlin ruefully comments: If there were a truth-in-labeling law for books, the title of this edition should be something long and unwieldy like Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, More

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • In the revised edition (1992) of his book Marriage, Divorce, Remarriage, the sociologist Andrew Cherlin ruefully comments: If there were a truth-in-labeling law for books, the title of this edition should be something long and unwieldy like Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, More

    Dan Quayle Was Right

  • Then, turning to ride back into Oakland, a thought came to him that made him grin ruefully as he muttered: And now it's up to me to make good and buy that blamed quarry.

    Chapter XIII

  • He reiterated, as well, his devotion to non-violent principles, recalling ruefully that when Tibetans briefly resorted to political force in an uprising in the 1950s the result was "more suppression, more control, more rigidity" – and a half-million dead.

    Dalai Lama Begins Visit

  • He reiterated, as well, his devotion to non-violent principles, recalling ruefully that when Tibetans briefly resorted to political force in an uprising in the 1950s the result was "more suppression, more control, more rigidity" – and a half-million dead.

    Dalai Lama Begins Visit

  • These are the moments at which he recalls ruefully that the great merit of such and such a small case, the merit for his particular advised use, had been precisely in the smallness.

    The Awkward Age

  • Better to hide out in the bathroom, she recalled ruefully, than risk the public humiliation of eating solo.

    chicagotribune.com - News

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  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer pg. 240

    "He admitted ruefully that the helmet was a good idea."

    December 2, 2010