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roué

[roo-ey, roo-ey]
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noun
  1. a dissolute and licentious man; rake.
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Origin of roué

1790–1800; < French, noun use of past participle of rouer to break on the wheel (derivative of roue wheel ≪ Latin rota); name first applied to the profligate companions of the Duc d'Orléans (c1720)

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  • Many of them had been roues, gamblers, and spendthrifts, but none of them had ever been a liar.

    Felix O'Day

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • His roues and valets were always eager to present fresh mistresses to him, from which he generally selected one.

  • It was the sacred hour of the roues and the supper, at which all idea of business was banished.


British Dictionary definitions for roues

roué

noun
  1. a debauched or lecherous man; rake
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Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: one broken on the wheel, from rouer, from Latin rotāre to revolve, from rota a wheel; with reference to the fate deserved by a debauchee
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Word Origin and History for roues

roue

n.

"debauchee," 1800, from French roué "dissipated man, rake," originally past participle of Old French rouer "to break on the wheel" (15c.), from Latin rotare "roll" (see rotary). Said to have been first applied in French c.1720 to dissolute friends of the Duke of Orleans (regent of France 1715-23), to suggest the punishment they deserved; but probably rather from a secondary, figurative sense in French of "jaded, worn out," from the notion of "broken, run-over, beat down."

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