rue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rue feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    • n rue (French) a street or road in France
    • n rue 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"
    • n rue leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
    • n rue European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Edgar Allan Poe introduced mystery fiction's first fictional detective, Auguste C. Dupin, in his 1841 story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."
    • Rue (Bot) 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.""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."
    • Rue Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.
    • n Rue Sorrow; repetance.
    • Rue To cause to grieve; to afflict. "God wot, it rueth me."
    • Rue To feel sorrow and regret; to repent. "Work by counsel and thou shalt not rue .""Old year, we'll dearly rue for you."
    • Rue To have compassion. "God so wisly [i. e., truly] on my soul rue .""Which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them."
    • Rue To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over. "I wept to see, and rued it from my heart.""Thy will
      Chose freely what it now so justly rues ."
    • Rue To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rue To cause to grieve; make repentant, compassionate, or sorrowful; afflict: often used impersonally with a personal pronoun.
    • rue To repent of; feel remorse for; regret; hence, to suffer in expiation of: as, to rue one's folly or mistakes.
    • rue To feel sorrow or suffering on account of; suffer from or by; experience loss or injury from.
    • rue To have or take pity on; feel sorry for; compassionate.
    • rue To repent of and withdraw, or try to withdraw, from: as, to rue a bargain. See rue-bargain.
    • rue To be sorrowful; experience grief or harm; suffer; mourn.
    • rue To repent; feel remorse or regret.
    • rue To have pity; have compassion or mercy: often followed by on or upon.
    • n rue Sorrow; repentance.
    • n rue 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. It is a woody herb of bushy habit, 2 or 3 feet high, with decompound leaves, the leaflets of a bluish-green color, strongly dotted. The flowers are greenish-yellow and corymbed, and are produced all summer. The plant has a strong disagreeable odor, and the leaves are extremely acrid, even producing blisters. In antiquity and the middle ages rue was highly esteemed as a medicine, and was believed to ward off contagion. It has the properties of a stimulant and antispasmodic, but accompanied by excitant and irritant tendencies. It is not now officinal, but continues somewhat in popular use. In medieval folk-lore it was a common witches' drug. From its supposed virtues, or by association with the word rue, repentance, it was formerly called herb-of-grace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rue rōō a plant of any species of genus Ruta, with bitter leaves and greenish-yellow flowers—an emblem of bitterness and grief—called Herb of grace: any bitter infusion
    • v.t Rue rōō to be sorry for: to lament: to repent of: to compassionate: to try to withdraw from, as a bargain
    • v.i Rue to be sorrowful: to suffer: to have pity upon:—pr.p. rue′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. rued
    • n Rue sorrow
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Idioms

Rue the day - This means that the person will one day bitterly regret what they have done.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. rewen, reouwen, to grive, make sorry, AS. hreówan,; akin to OS. hrewan, D. rouwen, OHG. hriuwan, G. reun, Icel. hruggr, grieved, hrugð, sorrow. √ 18. Cf. Ruth

Usage

In literature:

A great many persons were killed in this manner on Rue du Sentier, Rue Rougemont, and on Rue du Faubourg-Poissonniere.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
It stands at the corner of the Rue du Chene and the Rue de l'Etuve.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
It is a studio apartment on the Rue Brea, just across the Luxembourg Garden from here.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
Jenkins alighted at the corner of Rue Royale.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
But let us return to Paris and our examination of the home on the Rue de Reuilly.
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
The open space where the Rue Royale crossed the Rue de la Tour was densely packed with people.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
A RAT-TRAP IN THE RUE D'AGNES.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
An arrest on Rue Royale and in broad daylight; no one but that Tartar would have dared do such a thing!
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
When we arrived at the Rue de la Paix, we went into some of the well-known jewellers' shops.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
The Rue Droite is the principal shopping-street of Grasse.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
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In poetry:

What art thou--friend or foe?
Stand! stand!
If you trust me, I'll be true,
If you slight me, I'll slight you,
If you wrong me, you shall rue--
Take my hand!
"A Challenge" by Walter Richard Cassels
"Enough, enough, of curse and ban;
Some blessings show thou now to me,
Or, by the faith o' my bodie," Corspatrick said,
"Ye shall rue the day ye e'er saw me!"—
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
Never since Aife's only son I slew,
Not knowing who the gallant youth might be,—
Ah! hapless deed, that still my heart doth rue!—
None have I found, Ferdiah, like to thee.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Upon how many a hill,
Across how many a field,
Beside how many a river's restful flowing,
They stand, with eyes a-thrill,
And hearts of day-rue healed,
Gazing, O wistful sun, upon thy going!
"Sunset-Lovers" by Cale Young Rice
For long I searched the world--ah, me!
I searched the sky, I searched the sea,
With much of useless grief and rueing
Those winged thoughts of mine pursuing--
So dear were they,
So lovely and so far away!
"When As A Lad" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"Ah, are you digging on my grave,
My loved one? — planting rue?"
— "No: yesterday he went to wed
One of the brightest wealth has bred.
'It cannot hurt her now,' he said,
'That I should not be true.'"
"Ah, Are You Digging On My Grave?" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Style tribute to Rue McClanahan.
La Rue , 90, of Van Wert died at 2:04 am Thursday at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born Sept 26, 1922, in Van Wert to Floyd and Grace (Spelbring) La Rue , who preceded him in death.
On March 23, 1947, he married Helen (Shaffer) La Rue , who died in 2001.
Services for Violet Rue , 95, of Owatonna, formerly of Lakefield, will be 11 am Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Lakefield.
Rue died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Cedar View Care Center in Owatonna.
'My Future Boyfriend': Sara Rue and Barry Watson star in ABC Family movie.
Rue McClanahan dead at 76.
'Once Upon a Prom' at Ella Rue .
Ladies, hurry up and drop off those old prom dresses at Ella Rue .
In 2010, Jack Rice and Rue McClanahan exited together.
Happy Birthday, Eva La Rue .
Sara Rue is pregnant with her first child.
Fernande M La Rue , 82, of Manchester, N.H. She was born in Lewiston, June 25, 1930, the daughter of Adelard and Leonie (St. She was educated in the Lewiston school system.
Kptm.com Rue La La Reports Record Breaking Thanksgiving Day Sales.
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In science:

Recently, Lindgren, Rue and Lindstr¨om (2011) derived a link between certain Gaussian fields, that can be represented as solutions to stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs), and Gaussian Markov random fields (GMRFs).
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
For more details about these representations in the Gaussian case, see Lindgren, Rue and Lindstr¨om (2011).
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
Lindgren, Rue and Lindstr¨om (2011) used piecewise linear basis functions induced by triangulating the domain, and in this case C is a sparse matrix, but its inverse is dense.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
Cholesky factorization and back substitution as suggested by Rue and Held (2005).
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
We have showed how the SPDE approach by Lindgren, Rue and Lindstr¨om (2011) can be extended to the case of Laplace noise and how this can be used to obtain an efficient estimation procedure as well as an accurate estimation technique for the Laplace moving average models.
Spatial Mat\'ern fields driven by non-Gaussian noise
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