: to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for
Did You Know?
If you remember your high school French, or if you’ve ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, you may have the notion that the English word rue is somehow connected to the French word for “street.” In actuality, the French and English words are not related at all. The English rue is originally from the Old English word hrēow, meaning “sorrow.” Used as both a noun and, more frequently, a verb, rue is very old, dating back to before the 12th century.
“He rued his small feet, which turned inwards ever so slightly. When standing still, he always had to remember to turn his feet out, to avoid looking pigeon-toed.” — Natasha Solomons, Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, 2010
“Yes, I rue the day when I am not allowed to squeeze my avocados to see if they are ripe. I don’t want a grocery clerk selecting my corn on the cob. And I certainly want to be able to point toward that third piece of filet mignon in the second row because it is marbled just right.” — Jay Heater, The East County Observer (Bradenton, Florida), 21 May 2020