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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Definitions for roue

  1. A man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.

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Citations for roue
I spent some time with Desmond, an old roue who was recovering from a lifetime of excesses in a village near Fontainebleau. Roger Scruton, New Statesman
She caught the eye of New York aristocrat Gouverneur Morris, ex-U.S. Minister to France, a one-legged cosmopolitan roue. (Rumor had it that a jealous husband had shot Morris's leg off.) Bill Kauffman, American Enterprise
Origin of roue
1790-1800
Roue comes from French, from the past participle of rouer, "to break upon the wheel" (from the feeling that a roue deserves such a punishment), ultimately from Latin rota, "wheel."
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