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rue 1

 (ro͞o)
v. rued, ru·ing, rues
v.tr.
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for: "I never rued a day in my life like the one I rued when I left that old mother of mine" (Flannery O'Connor).
v.intr.
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.
n.
Sorrow; regret: "I ... won her from various rivals, who ... went away, one may say, full of rue" (Brian Doyle).

[Middle English ruen, from Old English hrēowan, to affect with grief, and hrēowian, to repent.]

ru′er n.

rue 2

 (ro͞o)
n.
1. Any of various aromatic woody herbs or shrubs of the genus Ruta of the Mediterranean region and western Asia, especially the ornamental R. graveolens, having bipinnately compound leaves that yield an acrid volatile oil formerly used in medicine.
2. Any of various other plants having similar foliage, such as meadow rue.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rūta, probably from Greek rhūtē.]

rue

(ruː)
vb, rues, ruing or rued
to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret for (one's own wrongdoing, past events with unpleasant consequences, etc)
n
archaic sorrow, pity, or regret
[Old English hrēowan; related to Old Saxon hreuwan, Old High German hriuwan]
ˈruer n

rue

(ruː)
n
(Plants) 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
[C14: from Old French, from Latin rūta, from Greek rhutē]

rue1

(ru)

v. rued, ru•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities.
2. to wish that (something) had never been done or taken place: rued the day he was born.
v.i.
3. to feel sorrow, repentance, or regret.
n.
4. sorrow, repentance, or regret.
[before 900; (v.) rewen, Old English hrēowan; (n.) Middle English rewe, Old English hrēow; compare ruth]

rue2

(ru)

n.
any strongly scented plant of the genus Ruta, esp. R. graveolens, having yellow flowers and leaves formerly used in medicine. Compare rue family.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin rūta < Greek rhȳtḗ]

rue


Past participle: rued
Gerund: ruing

Imperative
rue
rue
Present
I rue
you rue
he/she/it rues
we rue
you rue
they rue
Preterite
I rued
you rued
he/she/it rued
we rued
you rued
they rued
Present Continuous
I am ruing
you are ruing
he/she/it is ruing
we are ruing
you are ruing
they are ruing
Present Perfect
I have rued
you have rued
he/she/it has rued
we have rued
you have rued
they have rued
Past Continuous
I was ruing
you were ruing
he/she/it was ruing
we were ruing
you were ruing
they were ruing
Past Perfect
I had rued
you had rued
he/she/it had rued
we had rued
you had rued
they had rued
Future
I will rue
you will rue
he/she/it will rue
we will rue
you will rue
they will rue
Future Perfect
I will have rued
you will have rued
he/she/it will have rued
we will have rued
you will have rued
they will have rued
Future Continuous
I will be ruing
you will be ruing
he/she/it will be ruing
we will be ruing
you will be ruing
they will be ruing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ruing
you have been ruing
he/she/it has been ruing
we have been ruing
you have been ruing
they have been ruing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ruing
you will have been ruing
he/she/it will have been ruing
we will have been ruing
you will have been ruing
they will have been ruing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ruing
you had been ruing
he/she/it had been ruing
we had been ruing
you had been ruing
they had been ruing
Conditional
I would rue
you would rue
he/she/it would rue
we would rue
you would rue
they would rue
Past Conditional
I would have rued
you would have rued
he/she/it would have rued
we would have rued
you would have rued
they would have rued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rue - European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leavesrue - European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
rue - leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Ruta, Ruta - type genus of the Rutaceae; strong-scented Eurasian herbs
2.rue - leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
herb - aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
herb of grace, rue, Ruta graveolens - European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
3.rue - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointmentrue - 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"
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
contriteness, contrition, attrition - sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
4.rue - (French) a street or road in France
street - a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings; "they walked the streets of the small town"; "he lives on Nassau Street"
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
Verb1.rue - feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"

rue

verb (Literary) regret, mourn, grieve, lament, deplore, bemoan, repent, be sorry for, weep over, sorrow for, bewail, kick yourself for, reproach yourself for He was probably ruing his decision.

rue

verb
To feel or express sorrow for:
noun
A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Theology: attrition.
Translations
rude
ruta
sedef otu

rue

1 [ruː] VTarrepentirse de, lamentar
you shall rue itte arrepentirás de haberlo hecho
I rue the day when I did itojalá no lo hubiera hecho nunca
he lived to rue itvivió para arrepentirse

rue

2 [ruː] N (Bot) → ruda f

rue

[ˈruː] vtse repentir
to rue the day (literary)se repentir
to rue the day you did sth → se repentir d'avoir fait qch

rue

1
vt (liter)bereuen; to rue the day that …den Tag verwünschen, an dem …

rue

2
n (Bot) → Raute f

rue

1 [ruː] vt (liter) → pentirsi amaramente di
I rue the day that ... → maledico il giorno in cui...

rue

2 [ruː] n (Bot) → ruta
References in classic literature ?
Our rooms are on the Rue de Rivoli, and sitting on the balcony, we look up and down the long, brilliant street.
Among the more curious of such remains is part of a skull, which in the year was disinterred in the Rue Dauphine in Paris, a short street opening almost directly upon the palace of the Tuileries; and bones disinterred in excavating the great docks of Antwerp, in Napoleon's time.
If the man who had but one little ewe lamb that was dear to him as a daughter, that ate of his bread and drank of his cup, and lay in his bosom, had by some mistake slaughtered it at the shambles, he would not have rued his bloody blunder more than I now rue mine.
I doubt thy mother and I must rue that we ever reared thee
O Prince, O Chief of many Throned Powers, That led th' imbattelld Seraphim to Warr Under thy conduct, and in dreadful deeds Fearless, endanger'd Heav'ns perpetual King; And put to proof his high Supremacy, Whether upheld by strength, or Chance, or Fate, Too well I see and rue the dire event, That with sad overthrow and foul defeat Hath lost us Heav'n, and all this mighty Host In horrible destruction laid thus low, As far as Gods and Heav'nly Essences Can Perish: for the mind and spirit remains Invincible, and vigour soon returns, Though all our Glory extinct, and happy state Here swallow'd up in endless misery.
So that, however I may have occasion to rue my present audacity, I have at least the most respectable precedents in my favour.
I was at last bold enough to walk the street in his company, but kept my nose well stopped with rue, or sometimes with tobacco.
She has been mad, and has come into the presence of a guilty king, and given him rue to wear and bitter herbs to taste of.
On the walls hung a few engravings, relics of the mother, who had known the glories of the old Opera in the Rue le Peletier; portraits of Vestris, Gardel, Dupont, Bigottini.
He lived in a lodging that was modest, to say the best of it, in the rue du Cours, on the second floor of a house belonging to Madame Lardot, the best and busiest washerwoman in the town.
de (I forget the name), in the Rue du Sentier; I owe him an amount, and he asked me to send it as soon as possible.
This chamber was a sort of garret, situated in the Rue des Fossoyeurs, near the Luxembourg.