Rueful is a related term of piteous.
As adjectives the difference between rueful and piteous
is that rueful
is causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow while piteous
is pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
Causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow.
Inspiring pity or compassion.
pitiful; evincing pity, compassion, or sympathy.
(obsolete) pious; devout
- The most piteous tale of Lear.
(obsolete) compassionate; tender
* Alexander Pope
- The Lord can deliver piteous men from temptation.
(obsolete) paltry; mean; pitiful
- [She was] piteous of his case.