(noun) (French) a street or road in France

sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulness

(noun) 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”


(noun) leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy

rue, herb of grace, Ruta graveolens

(noun) European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy

repent, regret, rue

(verb) feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


rue (uncountable)

(archaic or dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret.

(archaic or dialectal) Pity; compassion.

Etymology 2


rue (third-person singular simple present rues, present participle rueing or ruing, simple past and past participle rued)

(obsolete, transitive) To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.

(obsolete, transitive) To cause to feel sorrow or pity.

(transitive) To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.

(archaic, intransitive) To feel compassion or pity.

(archaic, intransitive) To feel sorrow or regret.

Usage notes

• Often used in the collocation “rue the day”.

Etymology 3


rue (plural rues)

Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens (common rue), formerly used in medicines.


• garden rue

• herb of grace


• -ure, ERU, EUR, Eur., Ure, eur-, eur., ure

Proper noun

Rue (plural Rues)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Rue is the 6721st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 5023 individuals. Rue is most common among White (75.01%) and Black/African American (15.09%) individuals.


• -ure, ERU, EUR, Eur., Ure, eur-, eur., ure

Source: Wiktionary

Rue, n. Etym: [F. rue, L. ruta, akin to Gr. r.]

1. (Bot.)

Definition: A perennial suffrutescent plant (Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine. Then purged with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see. Milton. They [the exorcists] are to try the devil by holy water, incense, sulphur, rue, which from thence, as we suppose, came to be called herb of grace. Jer. Taylor.

2. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret. Goat's rue. See under Goat.

– Rue anemone, a pretty springtime flower (Thalictrum anemonides) common in the United States.

– Wall rue, a little fern (Asplenium Ruta-muraria) common on walls in Europe.

Rue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rued; p. pr. & vb. n. Ruing.] Etym: [OE. rewen, reouwen, to grive, make sorry, AS. hreówan; akin to OS. hrewan, D. rouwen, OHG. hriuwan, G. reun, Icel. hruggr grieved, hrugedh sorrow. sq. root 18. Cf. Ruth.]

1. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over. Chaucer. I wept to see, and rued it from my heart. Chapmen. Thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues. Milton.

2. To cause to grieve; to afflict. [Obs.] "God wot, it rueth me." Chaucer.

3. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from. [Prov. Eng.]

Rue, v. i.

1. To have compassion. [Obs.] God so wisly [i. e., truly] on my soul rue. Chaucer. Which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them. Ridley.

2. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent. Work by counsel and thou shalt not rue. Chaucer. Old year, we'll dearly rue for you. Tennyson.

Rue, n. Etym: [AS. hreów. See Rue, v. t.]

Definition: Sorrow; repetance. [Obs.] Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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