Meaning of rueful

rue•ful

Pronunciation: (r'ful), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable: a rueful plight.
  2. feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity; mournful; doleful: the rueful look on her face.
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