Definition of regretful in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈɡretfəl/


Feeling or showing regret: he sounded regretful but pointed out that he had committed himself
More example sentences
  • Jason kneeled near the dog, and gave a regretful smile.
  • He walked out with somewhat a regretful smile on his face, his eyes lost in the past; he nearly walked into the closed door!
  • In one case, a tiny, angry-looking boy is judged sufficiently regretful to return to the school where he threatened a bodyguard.



Pronunciation: /rəˈɡretfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Heavy use of close-ups and a restlessly moving camera consistently evoke a sense of ‘now,’ which lends the regretfulness and nostalgia of the film's later sequences a great deal of power.
  • I am truly contrite, penitent, repentant, remorseful and steeped in the tears of my regretfulness.
  • He was standing above me with genuine pity and regretfulness.

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Syllabification: re·gret·ful

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