rue

To rue is to feel regret or remorse for something. If that position at the deli ended up involving a reality TV show that made everyone famous, you may rue the day you turned down the job.

Rue comes from the Old English word hreowan, meaning "to make sorry," and rue can still sum up a lot of sorrow in one small syllable. Rue is a modern verb that often looks back on the past. Shakespeare made famous the phrase "rue the day," meaning you bitterly regret a moment. For example, you might rue the day you had your first coffee if you become hopelessly addicted to it. As a noun, rue can also refer to an aromatic herb.

Definitions of rue
  1. verb
    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
    synonyms: regret, repent
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  2. noun
    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
    “to his rue, the error cost him the game”
    synonyms: regret, ruefulness, sorrow
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    attrition, contriteness, contrition
    sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
    compunction, remorse, self-reproach
    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
    guilt, guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience
    remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
    penance, penitence, repentance
    remorse for your past conduct
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    sadness, unhappiness
    emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
  3. noun
    European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
    synonyms: Ruta graveolens, herb of grace
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    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  4. noun
    leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
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    herb
    aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
  5. noun
    (French) a street or road in France
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    street
    a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
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