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’
    • ‘She seems to be rueing that choice, but we'll see how that turns out.’
    • ‘They ventured into sports much later in their life, having spent most of their formative years ruing their misfortune.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wonder if in years to come I will look back and rue an opportunity missed?’
    • ‘Residents who planted trees on this road are now ruing the decision that they once thought would help the community.’
    • ‘They were four goals down at the last change and were left ruing their slow start.’
    • ‘Anglers might be rueing the lack of permanent pegging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Labour could be left ruing that decision this weekend.’
    • ‘Graduate students who want to pursue particular issues will rue the lack of footnotes.’
    • ‘Some of you may be ruing the rise of the religious right.’
    • ‘Mackenzie himself went further than expected in the championship, but will still be rueing his semi-final defeat.’
    • ‘I rue the fact that I never seized on this domain name for my site.’
    • ‘They squandered the opportunity and will surely rue that decision.’
    • ‘Drivers who did not heed the advice were to rue their decision later.’
    • ‘She expressed admiration for his work, but rued her inability to understand his mathematics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They battled hard throughout but were left to rue their many missed chances.’
    • ‘The show's producers must be ruing the day they decided to let contestants play until they lose.’
    • ‘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
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noun

archaic
  • 1Repentance; regret.

    ‘with rue my heart is laden’
    1. 1.1 Compassion; pity.
      ‘tears of pitying rue’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is music of longing, menace, and rue, often spiced with mordant or grisly humor.’
      • ‘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//ru/

Main definitions of rue in English

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rue2

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less invasive is common rue, a medicinal plant with blueish leaves and yellow flowers.’
    • ‘Several statements about rue in the current herbal literature need clarification.’
    • ‘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 medical use of rue is very wide.’
    1. 1.1 Used 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.’
      • ‘The dainty blooms of this early flowering meadow rue provide an excellent contrast with larger flowered plants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wall-rue is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a threatened species.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

rue

/ro͞o//ru/