from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for.
- intransitive v. To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow.
- n. 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).
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Repentance, regret.
- n. Pity, compassion.
- v. To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.
- v. To cause to feel sorrow or pity.
- v. To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.
- v. To feel compassion or pity.
- n. Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens, formerly used in medicines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial suffrutescent plant (Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine.
- n. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.
- transitive v. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over.
- transitive v. To cause to grieve; to afflict.
- transitive v. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.
- intransitive v. To have compassion.
- intransitive v. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.
- n. Sorrow; repetance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To cause to grieve; make repentant, compassionate, or sorrowful; afflict: often used impersonally with a personal pronoun.
- To repent of; feel remorse for; regret; hence, to suffer in expiation of: as, to rue one's folly or mistakes.
- To feel sorrow or suffering on account of; suffer from or by; experience loss or injury from.
- To have or take pity on; feel sorry for; compassionate.
- To repent of and withdraw, or try to withdraw, from: as, to rue a bargain. See rue-bargain.
- To be sorrowful; experience grief or harm; suffer; mourn.
- To repent; feel remorse or regret.
- To have pity; have compassion or mercy: often followed by on or upon.
- n. Sorrow; repentance.
- n. Any plant of the genus Ruta, especially R. graveolens, the common or garden rue, a native of the Mediterranean region and western Asia, and elsewhere common in cultivation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
- n. (French) a street or road in France
- n. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
- n. European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
- n. leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
Middle English ruen, from Old English hrēowan, to affect with grief, and hrēowian, to repent.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rūta, probably from Greek rhūtē.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hrēow, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch rouw, German Reue; related to Etymology 2, below. (Wiktionary)
Old English hrēowan, perhaps influenced by Old Norse hryggja ("to distress, grieve"), from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch rouwen, German reuen. (Wiktionary)