- to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities.
- to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.: I rue the day he was born.
- to feel sorrow, repentance, or regret.
- sorrow; repentance; regret.
- pity or compassion.
Origin of rue1
- any strongly scented plant of the genus Ruta, especially R. graveolens, having yellow flowers and leaves formerly used in medicine.
Origin of rue2
Examples from the Web for rues
Historical Examples of rues
What the eye views not, the heart craves not, as well as rues not.No Cross, No Crown
A vast and enthusiastic audience thronged, with joyous clatter, through narrow Rues Mazarine and Dauphine, coming from the river.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2)
Benjamin Ellis Martin
The above Goat's-rues are of the simplest culture; they will do in any soil, but if they are liberally treated they will repay it.
The enemy advance had continued with remarkable rapidity towards Rues Vertes and Marcoing.Norman Ten Hundred
A. Stanley Blicq
The scene took place in front of a house which was being pulled down at the corner of the rues Duphot and Saint-Honore.The Lesser Bourgeoisie
Honore de Balzac
- to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret for (one's own wrongdoing, past events with unpleasant consequences, etc)
- archaic sorrow, pity, or regret
Word Origin for rue
Word Origin for rue
"feel regret," Old English hreowan "make sorry, distress, grieve" (class II strong verb; past tense hreaw, past participle hrowen), from Proto-Germanic *khrewanan (cf. Old Frisian riowa, Middle Dutch rouwen, Old Dutch hrewan, German reuen "to sadden, cause repentance"); in part, blended with Old English weak verb hreowian "feel pain or sorrow," and perhaps influenced by Old Norse hryggja "make sad," both from Proto-Germanic *khruwjanan, all from PIE root *kreue- (2) "to push, strike" (see anacrusis). Related: Rued; ruing.
perennial evergreen shrub, late 14c., from Old French rue (13c.), earlier rude, from Latin ruta "rue," probably from Greek rhyte, of uncertain etymology, originally a Peloponnesian word. The bitter taste of its leaves led to many punning allusions to rue (n.2.).
"sorrow, repentance," Old English hreow "grief, repentance, sorrow, regret, penitence," common Germanic (cf. Frisian rou, Middle Dutch rou, Dutch rouw, Old High German (h)riuwa, German reue), related to the root of rue (v.).
French for "street," from Vulgar Latin *ruga (cf. Old Italian ruga), properly "a furrow," then in Medieval Latin "a path, street" (see rough (adj.)).