Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Ophelia wishes to remind the Queen of the sorrow and contrition she ought to feel for her unlawful marriage; and that she may wear her rue with peculiar propriety on Sundays, when she solicits pardon for the crime which she has so much occasion to _rue_ and repent of.

    Hamlet

  • Columbine was emblematical of forsaken lovers.] [Footnote IV. 27: _There's rue for you; and here's some for me: -- we may call it herb of grace o 'Sundays: _] Probably a quibble is meant here, as _rue_ anciently signified the same as

    Hamlet

  • I can really recommend the Cremerie Polidor in rue Monsieur le Prince for an authentic bistro experience and the food is good and generous.

    What to Do in Paris / Que faire a Paris? - French Word-A-Day

  • A posh building in rue de Grenelle (Paris), its days recounted from two points of view, one belonging to a cultured concierge, the other to a little rich girl with suicidal tendencies.

    An Interview with Muriel Barbery by Viviana Musumeci, April 15 2008

  • Try Stohrer in rue Montorgueil. not as good as the Real Thing, but not bad

    pasteis de nata

  • I can imagine that rue is a very different place without the law students ... or maybe it isn't so much a law student hangout as it used to be.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • 10A modest laboratory was soon set up, but only at the science faculty in rue Cuvier, where Pierre taught a physics course to those preparing for the certificat d 'études.

    Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices: Radium Research in Early 20th Century Vienna

  • At No. 41 of the Avenue de Paris, at Versailles, there is a little street running north and south, called the rue du Bon Conseil.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • “I went to find the sieur de Mons,” Champlain wrote, “and found him living on a pleasant street in Paris, happily called rue Beaurepaire.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • He established his café directly opposite the newly opened Comédie Française, in the street then known as the rue des Fossés-St.

    All About Coffee

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  • Citation (in sense of herb) on onion.

    January 1, 2009

  • folkname herb-of-grace
    Among the Strega, Italian witches, a most sacred herb, see cimaruta

    "A sprig of rue was used to sprinkle holy water during High Masses during the Medieval period."
    _Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi

    February 11, 2008