English noun: ruefulness
|1.||ruefulness (feeling) sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment|
|Samples||He drank to drown his sorrows.|
He wrote a note expressing his regret.
To his rue, the error cost him the game.
|Synonyms||regret, rue, sorrow|
|Broader (hypernym)||sadness, unhappiness|
|Narrower (hyponym)||attrition, compunction, contriteness, contrition, remorse, self-reproach|