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Definition of rue:

  1. A perennial suffrutescent plant ( Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine.
  2. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.
  3. Sorrow; repetance.
  4. To cause to grieve; to afflict.
  5. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.
  6. To have compassion.
  7. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over.
  8. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.


ruefulness, repent, atone, sadness, sorrowfulness, bewail, Ruta graveolens, deplore, regret, be sorry, herb of grace, bemoan.

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