Long Definition:

rue1 [roo] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation, verb, rued, ru·ing, noun

–verb (used with object)

1. to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities.
2. to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.: I rue the day he was born.

–verb (used without object)

3. to feel sorrow, repentance, or regret.


4. sorrow; repentance; regret.
5. pity or compassion.

[Origin: bef. 900; (v.) ME ruen, rewen, OE hréowan; c. D rouwen, G reuen; (n.) ME rewe, reowe, OE hréow; c. D rouw, G Reue; cf. ruth]

ruer, noun

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Short Definition: Regret


  • I’ll make you rue the day you were born!
  • She often had cause to rue her sordid past.
  • The candidate rued her past indiscretions, especially when they came out in the press.

Root > Regret; Picture yourself digging up a big, long, white root out of the ground and eating it with great relish. However, you immediately become violently ill and regret the fact that you ate the root. To further capture the idea of “regret,” imagine yourself looking at a picture album of you eating the root, shaking your head and crying.



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