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Friday, May 14, 2004

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
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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