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Rue vs. Rueful

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  • Rue (noun)

    Sorrow; repentance; regret.

  • Rue (noun)

    Pity; compassion.

  • Rue (noun)

    Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens (common rue), formerly used in medicines.

  • Rue (verb)

    To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.

  • Rue (verb)

    To cause to feel sorrow or pity.

  • Rue (verb)

    To repent of or regret (some past action or event); to wish that a past action or event had not taken place.

    "I rued the day I crossed paths with her."

  • Rue (verb)

    To feel compassion or pity.

  • Rue (verb)

    To feel sorrow or regret.

  • Rueful (adjective)

    Causing, feeling, or expressing regret or sorrow, especially in a wry or humorous way.

  • Rueful (adjective)

    Inspiring pity or compassion.

  • Rueful (adjective)

    Bad; woeful; deplorable.

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  • Rue (noun)

    A perennial suffrutescent plant (Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine.

  • Rue (noun)

    Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.

  • Rue (noun)

    Sorrow; repetance.

  • Rue

    To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over.

  • Rue

    To cause to grieve; to afflict.

  • Rue

    To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.

  • Rue (verb)

    To have compassion.

  • Rue (verb)

    To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.

  • Rueful (adjective)

    Causing one to rue or lament; woeful; mournful; sorrowful.

  • Rueful (adjective)

    Expressing sorrow.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Rue (noun)

    European strong-scented perennial herb with gray-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

  • Rueful (adjective)

    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Princeton's WordNet

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