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Meaning of RUE

Pronunciation:  roo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
  2. [n]  European strong-scented perennial herb with gray-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
  3. [v]  feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

RUE is a 3 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: herb of grace, regret, repent, Ruta graveolens
 See Also: experience, feel, genus Ruta, herb, herb, herb of grace, herbaceous plant, rue, rue, Ruta, Ruta graveolens



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rue\, n. [F. rue, L. ruta, akin to Gr. ?; cf. AS. r?de.]
    1. (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.               --Milton.
             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. --Jer.
    2. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.
    {Goat's rue}. See under {Goat}.
    {Rue anemone}, a pretty springtime flower ({Thalictrum
       anemonides}) common in the United States.
    {Wall rue}, a little fern ({Asplenium Ruta-muraria}) common
       on walls in Europe.
  2. \Rue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ruing}.]
    [OE. rewen, reouwen, to grive, make sorry, AS. hre['o]wan;
    akin to OS. hrewan, D. rouwen, OHG. hriuwan, G. reun, Icel.
    hruggr grieved, hrug[eth] sorrow. [root] 18. Cf. {Ruth}.]
    1. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over.
             I wept to see, and rued it from my heart. --Chapmen.
             Thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
    2. To cause to grieve; to afflict. [Obs.] ``God wot, it rueth
       me.'' --Chaucer.
    3. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get
       released from. [Prov. Eng.]
  3. \Rue\, v. i.
    1. To have compassion. [Obs.]
             God so wisly [i. e., truly] on my soul rue.
             Which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them.
    2. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.
             Work by counsel and thou shalt not rue. --Chaucer.
             Old year, we'll dearly rue for you.   --Tennyson.
  4. \Rue\, n. [AS. hre['o]w. See {Rue}, v. t.]
    Sorrow; repetance. [Obs.] --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a garden herb (Ruta graveolens) which the Pharisees were careful to tithe (Luke 11:42), neglecting weightier matters. It is omitted in the parallel passage of Matt. 23:23. There are several species growing wild in Palestine. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It has a powerful scent, and is a stimulant. (See MINT.)