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roué

[roo-ey, roo-ey] /ruˈeɪ, ˈru eɪ/
noun
1.
a dissolute and licentious man; rake.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French, noun use of past participle of rouer to break on the wheel (derivative of roue wheel ≪ Latin rota); name first applied to the profligate companions of the Duc d'Orléans (c1720)
Synonyms
profligate, libertine, lecher, cad, bounder, rakehell.
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British Dictionary definitions for roué

roué

/ˈruːeɪ/
noun
1.
a debauched or lecherous man; rake
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: one broken on the wheel, from rouer, from Latin rotāre to revolve, from rota a wheel; with reference to the fate deserved by a debauchee
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Word Origin and History for roué

roue

n.

"debauchee," 1800, from French roué "dissipated man, rake," originally past participle of Old French rouer "to break on the wheel" (15c.), from Latin rotare "roll" (see rotary). Said to have been first applied in French c.1720 to dissolute friends of the Duke of Orleans (regent of France 1715-23), to suggest the punishment they deserved; but probably rather from a secondary, figurative sense in French of "jaded, worn out," from the notion of "broken, run-over, beat down."

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