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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Why do I already rue the day?
▪ She rued the day she ever took up with Remi.
▪ Maja Nagel rues the day when she had to leave a castle in the East for a cramped little studio in Berlin.
▪ Indeed, more than one ground commander rued the day the helicopter was invented.
▪ Well, whether he was crazy or not, she'd make him rue the day he chose to cross her.
▪ As Jim Smith rued afterwards, the game was there for Portsmouth to take.
▪ In the women's race, Joyce Smith was ruing her luck.
▪ Maja Nagel rues the day when she had to leave a castle in the East for a cramped little studio in Berlin.
▪ She rued the day she ever took up with Remi.
▪ They never cursed the instrument or rued its long rule over their lives.
▪ Why do I already rue the day?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rue \Rue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rued; p. pr. & vb. n. Ruing.] [OE. rewen, reouwen, to grive, make sorry, AS. hre['o]wan; akin to OS. hrewan, D. rouwen, OHG. hriuwan, G. reun, Icel. hruggr grieved, hrug[eth] sorrow. [root] 18. Cf. Ruth.]

  1. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over.

    I wept to see, and rued it from my heart.

    Thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues.

  2. To cause to grieve; to afflict. [Obs.] ``God wot, it rueth me.''

  3. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from. [Prov. Eng.]


Rue \Rue\, v. i.

  1. To have compassion. [Obs.]

    God so wisly [i. e., truly] on my soul rue.

    Which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them.

  2. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.

    Work by counsel and thou shalt not rue.

    Old year, we'll dearly rue for you.


Rue \Rue\, n. [AS. hre['o]w. See Rue, v. t.] Sorrow; repetance. [Obs.]


Rue \Rue\, n. [F. rue, L. ruta, akin to Gr. ?; cf. AS. r?de.]

  1. (Bot.) A perennial suffrutescent plant ( Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine.

    Then purged with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see.

    They [the exorcists] are to try the devil by holy water, incense, sulphur, rue, which from thence, as we suppose, came to be called herb of grace.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  2. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.

    Goat's rue. See under Goat.

    Rue anemone, a pretty springtime flower ( Thalictrum anemonides) common in the United States.

    Wall rue, a little fern ( Asplenium Ruta-muraria) common on walls in Europe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"feel regret," Old English hreowan "make sorry, distress, grieve" (class II strong verb; past tense hreaw, past participle hrowen), from Proto-Germanic *khrewan (cognates: 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 *khruwjan, 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 (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 (source also of Old Italian ruga), properly "a furrow," then in Medieval Latin "a path, street" (see rough (adj.)).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic or dialectal English) sorrow; repentance; regret. 2 (context archaic or dialectal English) pity; compassion. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context obsolete transitive English) To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action. 2 (context obsolete transitive English) To cause to feel sorrow or pity. 3 (context transitive English) To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place. 4 (context archaic intransitive English) To feel compassion or pity. 5 (context archaic intransitive English) To feel sorrow or regret. Etymology 3

n. Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus ''Ruta'', especially the herb (taxlink Ruta graveolens species noshow=1), formerly used in medicines.

  1. n. European strong-scented perennial herb with gray-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy [syn: herb of grace, Ruta graveolens]

  2. leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy

  3. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game" [syn: sorrow, regret, ruefulness]

  4. (French) a street or road in France

  5. v. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about [syn: repent, regret]

Rue (disambiguation)

Rue is a strongly scented plant used medicinally and as a culinary herb

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Usage examples of "rue".

In the beginning of November I sold shares for fifty thousand francs to a man named Gamier, living in the Rue du Mail, giving up to him a third part of the materials in my warehouse, and accepting a manager chosen by him and paid by the company.

He further donated to the monks of Nogent for their sole use the rights to the fish in the river Ailette over a given distance from the Rue de Brasse to the Pont St.

Rue de la Grande-Truanderie, Ascan turned into a passage so narrow that a truck would not have squeezed through.

Superintendent Ascan, he turned into the Rue de la Grande-Truanderie and in the direction of the market.

They must be delivered today, absolutely, to Superintendent Ascan personally, at the police station on Rue des Prouvaires.

She stole to the graveyard to pray her silent prayers over her weaving: aster, asphodel, rosemary, and rue, each bound into a chaplet tied with three strands of her silvery hair.

Each swan extended her neck, then plunged it delicately beneath a garland to emerge crowned with asphodels and aster, rosemary and rue .

They were now in a narrow side street not far from the Rue du Bac on the Left Bank.

The two of them entered the somewhat broader street that was Rue du Bac and here was the source of the sounds they had heard.

For ten days we have been in Paris, staying in a charming house in the Rue du Bac, prepared for us by the architect to whom Felipe intrusted the decoration of Chantepleurs.

Joyfully indeed are we preparing for our move to Chantepleurs, where we can rest from the comedy of the Rue de Bac and of the Paris drawing-rooms.

All that is choice, pretty, or decorative in my house in the Rue du Bac has been transported to the chalet.

And in the end, untried and unconvicted, he had died in that house in the Rue du Bac, and his estates continued free.

Rue du Bac in the very centre of the city, passes before the Palais Bourbon, crosses first the Esplanade des Invalides, and then the Champ de Mars, to end at the Boulevard de Grenelle, in the black factory region.

Next Tuesday at day-break I began to dance attendance at the corner of the Rue des Prouveres, and waited there till the servant came out to take down the shutters.