rue

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[ roo ]
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verb (used with object),rued, ru·ing.
  1. to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities.

  2. to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.: I rue the day he was born.

verb (used without object),rued, ru·ing.
  1. to feel sorrow, repentance, or regret.

noun
  1. sorrow; repentance; regret.

  2. pity or compassion.

Origin of rue

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before 900; (v.) Middle English ruen,rewen,Old English hrēowan; cognate with Dutch rouwen,German reuen; (noun) Middle English rewe, reowe,Old English hrēow; cognate with Dutch rouw,German Reue;cf. ruth

Other words from rue

  • ruer, noun
  • un·rued, adjective

Other definitions for rue (2 of 2)

rue2
[ roo ]

noun
  1. any strongly scented plant of the genus Ruta, especially R. graveolens, having yellow flowers and leaves formerly used in medicine.

Origin of rue

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1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Latin rūta<Greek rhȳtḗ

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How to use rue in a sentence

  • Never in his life Rolf forgot that sight, which few men had seen without ruing it, of Grettir angry and ready for the fray.

  • All she there told him, ruing death for friend so young, algate sore unwilling God's rightwiseness to withsay.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • Lilly, too, would be sitting there some day, bitterly ruing her lost youth as one regrets an act of criminal folly.

    The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
  • And who was this inhuman being calling God's property his own, and ruing it as he would not have dared to use a beast?

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 | American Anti-Slavery Society

British Dictionary definitions for rue (1 of 2)

rue1

/ (ruː) /


verbrues, ruing or rued
  1. to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret for (one's own wrongdoing, past events with unpleasant consequences, etc)

noun
  1. archaic sorrow, pity, or regret

Origin of rue

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Old English hrēowan; related to Old Saxon hreuwan, Old High German hriuwan

Derived forms of rue

  • ruer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for rue (2 of 2)

rue2

/ (ruː) /


noun
  1. any rutaceous plant of the genus Ruta, esp R. graveolens, an aromatic Eurasian shrub with small yellow flowers and evergreen leaves which yield an acrid volatile oil, formerly used medicinally as a narcotic and stimulant: Archaic name: herb of grace Compare goat's-rue, meadow rue, wall rue

Origin of rue

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C14: from Old French, from Latin rūta, from Greek rhutē

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