Rue meaning

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To wish (an act, promise, etc.) undone or unmade; regret.
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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.
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Designating a family (Rutaceae, order Sapindales) of woody dicotyledonous plants, including the gas plant and the citrus plants.
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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.
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Any of various other plants having similar foliage, such as meadow rue.
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(archaic or dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret.
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(archaic or dialectal) Pity; compassion.
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To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.

I rued the day I crossed paths with her.

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(archaic, intransitive) To feel compassion or pity.
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(archaic, intransitive) To feel sorrow or regret.
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Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens, formerly used in medicines.
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Rue is defined as to regret or feel remorse.

An example of rue is a mother wishing she hadn't given her baby up for adoption.

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To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for.
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To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.
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Sorrow; regret.
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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.
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Any of various other plants having similar foliage, such as meadow rue.
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To feel remorse or repentance for (a sin, fault, etc.)
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To be sorrowful or regretful.
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(archaic) Sorrow, repentance, or regret.
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Origin of rue

  • Middle English ruen from Old English hrēowan to affect with grief and hrēowian to repent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin rūta probably from Greek rhūtē

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English rewe, reowe, from Old English hrÄ“ow (“sorrow, regret, penitence, repentance, penance"), from Proto-Germanic *hrewwō (“pain, sadness, regret, repentance"), from Proto-Indo-European *krew-, *krow-, *krows- (“to push, fall, beat, break"). Cognate with Scots rew (“rue"), West Frisian rouw (“sadness"), Dutch rouw (“mourning, sadness"), German Reue (“repentance, regret, remorse, contrition"), Lithuanian krùšti (“to smash, crash, bruise"), Russian крушить (krushitʹ, “to destroy").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Anglo-Norman ruwe, Old French rue (> modern French rue), from Latin rÅ«ta, from Ancient Greek ῥυτή (rute). Compare rude.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English hrÄ“owan, perhaps influenced by Old Norse hryggja (“to distress, grieve"), from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch rouwen, German reuen.

    From Wiktionary