One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a way that expresses sorrow or regret, especially in a wry or humorous manner.‘the actor ruefully remarked that you are only as good as your last film’
- ‘In his most famous stage work, he took a ruefully affectionate voyage around his father.’
- ‘Those stairs must have been a little more challenging than I thought, he ruefully admitted to himself.’
- ‘Obligation, she ruefully reflected, was a flimsy basis for creativity.’
- ‘He ruefully admitted that the great league in the country where the sport was born may no longer be "the gold standard" of hoops.’
- ‘In a recent song, he ruefully concedes that his fans prefer the Shady persona.’
- ‘Last year, a rep of the phone company ruefully admitted it was stretching the truth.’
- ‘Common sense rarely rules markets—as money managers ruefully admit.’
- ‘Those who have crossed him describe the experience ruefully.’
- ‘Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan, the president ruefully noted after the Cuban fiasco.’
- ‘Of course, he adds ruefully, it took him another eight months to get his head back together.’
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