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English definition of “rue”

rue

verb [T]  /ru/ us  
to feel sorry about an event and wish it had not happened; regret
rueful
adjective  /ˈru·fəl/ us  
She gave him a rueful smile.
(Definition of rue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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