Associations to the word «Rue»


RUE, noun. (archaic or dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret.
RUE, noun. (archaic or dialectal) Pity; compassion.
RUE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.
RUE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To cause to feel sorrow or pity.
RUE, verb. (transitive) To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.
RUE, verb. (archaic) (intransitive) To feel compassion or pity.
RUE, verb. (archaic) (intransitive) To feel sorrow or regret.
RUE, noun. Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens, formerly used in medicines.
RUE ANEMONE, noun. Thalictrum thalictroides, native to woodlands in eastern North America.
RUE THE DAY, verb. (idiomatic) to seriously regret one's actions.

Dictionary definition

RUE, noun. European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy.
RUE, noun. Leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy.
RUE, 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".
RUE, noun. (French) a street or road in France.
RUE, verb. Feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about.

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.