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Wordnet 3.0


1. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses;
[syn: contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rueful \Rue"ful\ (r[udd]"f[.u]l), a. 1. Causing one to rue or lament; woeful; mournful; sorrowful. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing sorrow. "Rueful faces." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Two rueful figures, with long black cloaks. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] -- Rue"ful*ly, adv. -- Rue"ful*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

rueful adj 1: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses [syn: contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

86 Moby Thesaurus words for "rueful": addicted, affecting, afflictive, aggrieved, anguished, ashamed, bitter, bleak, careworn, cheerless, comfortless, conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken, deplorable, depressed, depressing, depressive, despairing, despondent, discomforting, dismal, dismaying, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dreary, dumb with grief, full of remorse, grief-stricken, griefful, grieved, grievous, hopeless, in grief, joyless, lamentable, lugubrious, miserable, mournful, moving, oppressed, painful, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, plangent, plunged in grief, poignant, poor, regretful, regrettable, remorseful, repining, ruthful, sad, saddening, self-accusing, self-condemning, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-flagellating, self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, shamefaced, shamefast, shameful, sharp, sore, sorrowed, sorrowful, sorrowing, sorry, tearful, touching, uncomfortable, unhappy about, wistful, woebegone, woeful, wretched