Definitions of ruefulness
sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
regret, rue, sorrow
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attrition, contriteness, contrition
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
compunction, remorse, self-reproach
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
guilt, guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience
remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
penance, penitence, repentance
remorse for your past conduct
emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being