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Definition to feel sadness and regret

Rue is also French for street, but often seen in English when referencing a specific street, much as people speaking French might refer to Main Street. Occasionally, you may also see rue referencing a type of plant.
  • You'll rue the day you betrayed me.
rue the day = feel sadness and regret (about the day something happened)
  • I rue the day we met.
  • rue the day = feel sadness and regret (about the day something happened)
  • You will rue the day you laid hands on Janos Slynt.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • rue the day = feel sadness and regret (about the day something happened)
  • This kept him away pretty effectually after that first fiery scene, when Laurella had flown at him like a fierce little vixen and told him that she never wanted to see his face again, that she rued the day she married him, and intended to leave him as soon as she could put foot to the ground.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • rued = felt sadness and regret
  • Related words: rue, repent , mourn, grieve .
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • rue = to feel sadness and regret
  • There's many a mother's child might ha' rued it."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • They may wallow in their filth then and rue the day when they drove a patriot into exile.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • How many a man has committed himself on a short acquaintance, and rued it all the rest of his life!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • —Ah, it's a scandalous shame for you, Stephen, said his mother, and you'll live to rue the day you set your foot in that place.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • When I catch you—and find you I shall—I shall make you rue the day you were born!
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • I said come down this minute for if I have to climb these stairs I'll warm your behind and you'll rue the day.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • Nay, cursed be thou; since against his thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Son," he said, "I never rued a day in my life like the one I rued when I left that old mother of mine."
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • He interrogated his sentinel of the Rues Droit-Mur and Petit-Picpus; that agent, who had remained imperturbably at his post, had not seen the man pass.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "That's a fair young lady to hand to a coach in the dark, Mr. Darnay!" he said, ruing his new goblet.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • If not, I'll make her rue the day she refused me."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • It was these three huts that I associated with all my happiness, with life itself, and I rued the fact that I had not kissed each of them before I left.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "I haven't been properly dry since August") "— and we're going to make them rue the day they let that little bit of slime, Malfoy, buy his way onto their team."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I bespoke a room at a portside inn, and in the following days, there were many times that I rued my rashness, for it proved no simple matter to decide what course to follow.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • I lived butler with Miss Crawley for thirty years; and I little thought one of that family was a goin' to ruing me—yes, ruing me"—said the poor fellow with tears in his eyes.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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