Main definitions of rue in English

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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)

    ‘Ferguson will rue the day he turned down that offer’
    ‘she might live to rue this impetuous decision’
    • ‘The show's producers must be ruing the day they decided to let contestants play until they lose.’
    • ‘She seems to be rueing that choice, but we'll see how that turns out.’
    • ‘I rue the fact that I never seized on this domain name for my site.’
    • ‘She expressed admiration for his work, but rued her inability to understand his mathematics.’
    • ‘Graduate students who want to pursue particular issues will rue the lack of footnotes.’
    • ‘They battled hard throughout but were left to rue their many missed chances.’
    • ‘A double economic blow that could cost South Lakeland more than 60 jobs has left two local businessmen rueing the day they sold their successful firms to out-of-town companies.’
    • ‘Anglers might be rueing the lack of permanent pegging.’
    • ‘States that worked hard to attract high-tech jobs are also ruing the decision, and discovering that a more diversified economy is more prosperous during the bust.’
    • ‘Labour could be left ruing that decision this weekend.’
    • ‘Residents who planted trees on this road are now ruing the decision that they once thought would help the community.’
    • ‘Mackenzie himself went further than expected in the championship, but will still be rueing his semi-final defeat.’
    • ‘They were four goals down at the last change and were left ruing their slow start.’
    • ‘They squandered the opportunity and will surely rue that decision.’
    • ‘Some of you may be ruing the rise of the religious right.’
    • ‘I wonder if in years to come I will look back and rue an opportunity missed?’
    • ‘They ventured into sports much later in their life, having spent most of their formative years ruing their misfortune.’
    • ‘Drivers who did not heed the advice were to rue their decision later.’
    • ‘The modern Republican Party will rue the day they pushed us to our limit.’
    • ‘They probably are rueing some missed chances but no doubt they will learn from the experience and we are very proud of their achievements this year.’
    • ‘Right now, kindly liberals are rueing his jackbooted foray into immigration.’
    regret, be sorry about, feel apologetic about, feel remorseful about, feel remorse for, repent of
    reproach oneself for, kick oneself for
    deplore, lament, bemoan, bewail
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noun

Archaic
  • 1Repentance; regret.

    ‘with rue my heart is laden’
    1. 1.1Compassion; pity.
      ‘tears of pitying rue’
      • ‘This is music of longing, menace, and rue, often spiced with mordant or grisly humor.’
      • ‘Filmmakers from these countries reflect on those old ties with a combination of curiosity, rue and rage.’
      • ‘Yet audiences flocked to see Gordin's terse presentation of sorrow and rue.’
      • ‘Burginde came around the end of the waggon, and with a look of mingled pity and rue, helped me guide her charge back to our waggon.’

Origin

Old English hrēow repentance hrēowan affect with contrition of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rouw mourning and German Reue remorse.

Pronunciation:

rue

/ro͞o/

Main definitions of rue in English

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rue2

noun

  • 1A perennial evergreen shrub with bitter strong-scented lobed leaves that are used in herbal medicine.

    • ‘Not all herbs smell good - catmint, curry plant, pyrethrum, rue, santolina and tansy are all pretty pongy, ranging from slightly musty to downright disgusting.’
    • ‘The national plant is rue, and the national bird is the stork.’
    • ‘In ancient Greece and Egypt, rue was employed to stimulate menstrual bleeding, induce abortions, and strengthen eyesight.’
    • ‘Less invasive is common rue, a medicinal plant with blueish leaves and yellow flowers.’
    • ‘Many herbs can help to deter flies, such as lavender, sweet woodruff, lemon verbena, star anise, tansy, any of the mints, rosemary, bay, chamomile, rue, elder, southernwood and basil.’
    • ‘The medical use of rue is very wide.’
    • ‘Several statements about rue in the current herbal literature need clarification.’
    • ‘Although rue is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens or flowerbeds, its strong smell usually makes rue unpopular for use close to homes.’
    1. 1.1Used in names of other plants that resemble rue, especially in leaf shape, e.g., goat's-rue, meadow rue, wall rue.
      • ‘In addition to its lactogenic properties, goat's rue comes from the same family as fenugreek and is also considered to have anti-diabetic properties.’
      • ‘Wall-rue is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a threatened species.’
      • ‘This combination of management and heavy, poorly-drained soils favoured characteristic plants such as great burnet, devil's bit scabious, meadow rue and pepper saxifrage.’
      • ‘Goat's Rue used to be found in every cottage garden because it was used for feeding livestock.’
      • ‘The dainty blooms of this early flowering meadow rue provide an excellent contrast with larger flowered plants.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, via Latin ruta from Greek rhutē.

Pronunciation:

rue

/ro͞o/