There are 2 definitions of rue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ruː
 
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verb (rues, rueing or ruing, rued)

[with object]
  • Bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen) and wish it undone: Ferguson will rue the day he turned down that offer she might live to rue this impetuous decision
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    regret, be sorry about, feel apologetic/remorseful about, feel remorse for, repent of; reproach oneself for, kick oneself for; deplore, lament, bemoan, bewail

noun

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  • 1Repentance; regret: with rue my heart is laden
  • 1.1Compassion; pity: tears of pitying rue
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    • 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.
    • 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.

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of rue in English:

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noun

  • 1A perennial evergreen shrub with bitter strong-scented lobed leaves which are used in herbal medicine.
    • Ruta graveolens, family Rutaceae
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    • 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.
    • In ancient Greece and Egypt, rue was employed to stimulate menstrual bleeding, induce abortions, and strengthen eyesight.
  • 1.1Used in names of other plants that resemble rue, especially in leaf shape, e.g. goat’s rue, meadow rue, and wall rue.
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    • 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.
    • 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.

Origin

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

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