reuþe

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From rewe (rue) +‎ -th; the formation is influenced by Old Norse hrygð.

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Noun[edit]

reuþe (plural reuþes or reoðen)

  1. Sadness, misery; despair and despondence:
    1. Pitifulness; empathy, mercy or sorrow for the weak or innocent.
    2. The experience of remorsefulness; self-reproach.
    3. Moaning, lamenting; a despondent cry.
  2. An occurrence or thing that creates misery or ruth:
    1. Harmful or injurious behaviour; heartless acts.
    2. A disaster or catastrophe.
    3. An instance of moaning or complaining of discomfort.
  3. (rare) A lamentful petition or supplication.

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: ruth
  • Scots: rewthe (obsolete)

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