to feel remorse or repentance for (a sin, fault, etc.)
to wish (an act, promise, etc.) undone or unmade; regret
Origin: Middle English reowen ; from Old English hreowan, akin to German reuen, to regret, Old Norse hryggr, sorrowful, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreu-, to strike, beat from source Classical Greek krouein
to be sorrowful or regretful
Archaic sorrow, repentance, or regret
any of a genus (Ruta) of strong-scented shrubs of the rue family, esp. an herb (R. graveolens) with yellow flowers and bitter-tasting leaves formerly used in medicine
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin ruta ; from Classical Greek rhytē
designating a family (Rutaceae, order Sapindales) of woody dicotyledonous plants, including the gas plant and the citrus plants
Sorrow; regret: “To their rue, the Social Democrats have to acknowledge that the Conservative-Liberal coalition has captured the center where elections are won”(Elizabeth Pond).
Origin: Middle English ruen, from Old English hrēowan, to affect with grief, and hrēowian, to repent.
Any of various aromatic southwest Asian or Mediterranean plants of the genus Ruta, especially the ornamental R. graveolens, having bipinnately compound leaves that yield an acrid volatile oil formerly used in medicine.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rūta, probably from Greek rhūtē.