honor


honor
honor n
1 glory, renown, *fame, celebrity, éclat, reputation, repute, notoriety
Analogous words: esteem, respect, *regard, admiration: reverence, veneration, worship, adoration (see under REVERE): prestige, credit, authority, *influence, weight
Antonyms: dishonor
Contrasted words: *disgrace, disrepute, shame, ignominy, infamy
2 Honor, homage, reverence, deference, obeisance all mean respect or esteem shown another as his due or claimed by him as a right.
Honor may apply to the recognition of one's title to great respect or esteem or to an expression or manifestation of such respect and esteem
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hold every good and conscientious man in high honor

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he declined the honor that was offered him

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they feel deeply the honor of belonging to the Senate, and the necessity of protecting the Senate against dishonorable men— New Republic

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Homage adds to honor implications of accompanying praise or tributes of esteem especially from those who owe allegiance or service
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all these are . . . thy gentle ministers, who come to pay thee homage, and acknowledge thee their Lord— Milton

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In its extended use the term carries a stronger implication of a worshipful attitude than honor carries
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to the poetry of Byron the world has ardently paid homageArnold

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"They say I'm handsome." "You're lovely, Bella!" She drank in his homageMeredith

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Reverence (see also REVERENCE) implies profound respect mingled with love or devotion
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in general those parents have the most reverence who deserve it— Johnson

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it behooves those of us who cherish the past to study Alfred's life and works with a special reverenceMalone

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Deference implies such respect for the person or his position or such reverence for his personality or such honor for his years or achievements that one courteously yields or submits one's own judgment, opinion, or preference to his
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the arrangements for the flower show were altered out of deference to the wishes of the duchess

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a certain deference, not to say servility, to the heads of colleges is perhaps necessary to a physician that means to establish himself here— Gray

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looked like a great man . . . deriving dignity from a carriage which, while it indicated deference to the court, indicated also habitual self-possession and self-respect— Macaulay

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an attitude of hostility to aristocracy because it was aristocracy, was as incomprehensible to him as an attitude of deferenceGalsworthy

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Obeisance implies a show of honor or reverence by some act or gesture (as bowing or kneeling) that indicates submission, humility, or acknowledgment of defeat
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the Spanish prince was welcomed ... by a goodly company of English lords, assembled to pay him their obeisancePrescott

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Sometimes the term is used in place of one of the other words in this group to suggest abject humiliation on the part of the one who pays honor or reverence
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a throne to which conquered nations yielded obeisanceSteele

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continually making humble obeisance to supercilious superiors— Wier

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Analogous words: recognition, acknowledgment (see corresponding verbs at ACKNOWLEDGE): adulation, *compliment: tribute, panegyric, eulogy, *encomium
Contrasted words: contempt, disdain, scorn, despite (see under DESPISE)
2 *honesty, integrity, probity
Analogous words: uprightness, justness, honorableness, scrupulousness, conscientiousness (see corresponding adjectives at UPRIGHT): *truth, veracity: straightforwardness, forth- rightness (see corresponding adjectives at STRAIGHTFORWARD): rectitude, virtue (see GOODNESS)
honor vb *dignify, ennoble, glorify
Analogous words: *exalt, magnify, aggrandize: extol, laud, acclaim (see PRAISE): reverence, *revere, venerate

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  • Honor — Hon or ([o^]n [ e]r), n. [OE. honor, honour, onour, onur, OF. honor, onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F. honneur, fr. L. honor, honos.] [Written also {honour}.] 1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • HONOR — HONOR, the high respect, esteem, reverence, admiration, or approbation shown, felt toward, or received by a deity or person. Honor is accorded to those in a position of authority (Gen. 45:13) achieved by heroism (Judg. 8:22; I Sam. 18:5), wisdom… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • honor — (Del lat. honor, ōris). 1. m. Cualidad moral que lleva al cumplimiento de los propios deberes respecto del prójimo y de uno mismo. 2. Gloria o buena reputación que sigue a la virtud, al mérito o a las acciones heroicas, la cual trasciende a las… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • honor — [än′ər] n. [ME honour < OFr < L honor, honos, official dignity, repute, esteem] 1. high regard or great respect given, received, or enjoyed; esp., a) glory; fame; renown b) good reputation; credit 2. a keen sense of right and wrong;… …   English World dictionary

  • honor — sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Cualidad por la que una persona o una cosa merece el respeto y la consideración de los demás y el suyo propio: un hombre de honor. El honor obliga a luchar hasta el fin en las batallas. 2. Buena fama que… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • honor — hon·or vt hon·ored, hon·or·ing 1: to accept and pay the bank honor ed the check 2: to purchase or discount (a draft) in compliance with a letter of credit Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Honor — Hon or, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Honored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Honoring}.] [OE. honouren, onouren, OF. honorer, honourer, F. honorer, fr. L. honorare, fr. honor, n.] 1. To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to revere; to treat with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honor — (Brit. honour) ► NOUN 1) high respect. 2) pride and pleasure from being shown respect. 3) a clear sense of what is morally right. 4) a person or thing that brings credit. 5) a thing conferred as a distinction. 6) (hon …   English terms dictionary

  • honor — 1. en honor. Cuando significa ‘como homenaje a alguien o algo’, el complemento que expresa la persona o cosa homenajeada va introducido por la preposición de: «En honor de tan distinguido huésped, se organizaron grandes festejos» (Leyva Piñata… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • honor — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mnż I, D. u, Mc. honororze, blm {{/stl 8}}{{stl 20}} {{/stl 20}}{{stl 12}}1. {{/stl 12}}{{stl 7}} dobra reputacja, dobre imię, poczucie dumy i godności osobistej : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Poczucie honoru. Człowiek honoru.… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień


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