Thursday, September 13, 2007
Definitions for roue
- 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.
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.)
Origin of roue
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."