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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.]


vb. (en-past of: rue)

Usage examples of "rued".

Groaning, Geoffrey rued the day he had defiantly taken his place beside her, for now he was stuck there, uncomfortable, his body waking up hard each morning, even though Elene was gone.

Now, he rued his carelessness, for he could well imagine tunnels below the hard surface providing a close haven for his enemies.

Anwyll had been caught unprepared, had not refused Parsynan’s confiscating the prisoners, and now and forever rued the moment he had obeyed a king’s officer instead of the duke of Amefel.

She squirmed, wanting him inside her right now, but either he wasn't cooperating or she was too clumsy to angle them into the right position, which, she rued, given her inexperience, was possible.

It was dense black with no distant glow on the horizon in any direction, which was impossible, because Alborath lay in the valley beyond, and only last night, while sitting on the hood of the rental car, she'd rued that the lights of the village spoiled her view of the stars.