Definition of ruefulness in US English:



  • See rueful

    • ‘Today, as she tends her garden in a retirement community, Brevard considers her glamorous past with a mix of ruefulness and pride.’
    • ‘There is a quality of self-directed ruefulness or self-causation.’
    • ‘I told her about my coffee date with my neighbour last week, and we analysed with our usual ruefulness the mixture of mellowness and awkwardness that arose.’
    • ‘But the more I thought about the matter, the more my feelings turned to ruefulness.’
    • ‘Folk and country, romance and ruefulness, innocence and experience are all conjoined in their bewitching vocal harmonies.’