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v. rued, ru·ing, rues
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).
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.
Sorrow; regret: "I ... won her from various rivals, who ... went away, one may say, full of rue" (Brian Doyle).
[Middle English rewen, partly from Old English hrēowan, to distress, vex, and partly from hrēowian, to repent; akin to Dutch rouwen, to mourn, and Old Norse hrjá, to afflict, all from Germanic *hrewan, to be sad, make sad, of unknown origin.]
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, either from Greek rhūtē (probably of Mediterranean substrate origin) or from the same substrate source as Greek rhūtē.]
vb, rues, ruing or rued
to feel sorrow, remorse, or regret for (one's own wrongdoing, past events with unpleasant consequences, etc)
archaic sorrow, pity, or regret
[Old English hrēowan; related to Old Saxon hreuwan, Old High German hriuwan]
[C14: from Old French, from Latin rūta, from Greek rhutē]
v. 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 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]
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]
Past participle: rued
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|Noun||1.||rue - 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
|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
|3.||rue - 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"|
|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"
|Verb||1.||rue - feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about|