honour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v honour accept as pay "we honor checks and drafts"
    • v honour show respect towards "honor your parents!"
    • v honour bestow honor or rewards upon "Today we honor our soldiers","The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
    • n honour a woman's virtue or chastity
    • n honour the quality of being honorable and having a good name "a man of honor"
    • n honour a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction "an award for bravery"
    • n honour the state of being honored
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The town of Olney, Illinois celebrates a "Squirrel Day" festival to honour the 200 albino squirrels that live in the town. The festival includes a squirrel blessing by a priest
    • n Honour on′or the esteem due or paid to worth: respect: high estimation: veneration, said of God: that which rightfully attracts esteem: exalted rank: distinction: excellence of character: nobleness of mind: any special virtue much esteemed: any mark of esteem: a title of respect: :
    • v.t Honour to hold in high esteem: to respect: to adore: to exalt: to accept and pay when due
    • n Honour on′or (pl.) privileges of rank or birth: civilities paid: at whist, one of the four highest trump cards (if one pair of partners hold four honours they score four points; if three, two points; if only two, none—'Honours easy')
    • n Honour on′or (golf) the right to play first from the tee: academic prizes or distinctions
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Quotations

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “The Right Honourable Gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, neverin nothing, great or small, large or pettynever give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
  • William Penn
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    “A private Life is to be preferrd; the Honour and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it.”

Idioms

Honours are even - If honours are even, then a competition has ended with neither side emerging as a winner.
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Time-honoured practice - A time-honoured practice is a traditional way of doing something that has become almost universally accepted as the most appropriate or suitable way.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. honor.

Usage

In literature:

Charles X. an honest man, a kind friend, an honourable master, sincere in his opinions, and inclined to do everything that is right.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
If death for a season had shewed him fauour, To all his nation he should haue bene honour.
"The Ship of Fools, Volume 1" by Sebastian Brandt
Then the master entered his dwelling to prepare his wife and daughter for the honours they had in perspective.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
They prayed not for princely honours, but for a home near the dark blue sea.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
Forth, princely mistresse, 125 for the honour of courtship.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
Being honourable, you (who are the fountain of honour) will keep it.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
If a man wants to do honour to his nation, he must, before all things, cut a decent figure abroad.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
What could my mother want with his honour down at Knockowen?
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
Where there is utility there ought to be honour.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
There was a third, which I think is to be honoured, and that was his sympathy with his order.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The name of this knight was Balin, a strong, courageous man, but poor and so poorly clothed that he was thought to be of no honour.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
When a member of the Constituent Assembly he had been honourably distinguished by his soft and persuasive eloquence.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Refusing the honour intended her, she was beheaded by the emperor's order.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
That which may the honour'd stem Circle with a diadem.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
His contributions to the department of Scottish song entitle his name to an honourable place.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Other honourable and most desirable positions, however, were open.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Even if an owner of it should occur, he must as a man of honour accept my explanation.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
Will you give me your word of honour as a gentleman, for two years?
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
My honour demands the fall of the Waelsung.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Honour where honour was due.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
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In poetry:

This is the highest learning,
The hardest and the best—
From self to keep still turning,
And honour all the rest.
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
"Song to Celia II" by Ben Jonson
"That boy should make a father proud,
"If any feeling can;
"Then save your children, save your wife,
"Your honour as a man.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Oh! what are riches, honours, power,
Which men so fondly crave;
What are they but a vanquish'd host,
That perish in the grave:
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
The prophets sons, in time of old,
Though to appearance poor;
Were rich without possessing gold,
And honoured, though obscure.
"The Borrowed Axe" by John Newton
red with the bleeding year.
Sound is but a knell,
and Sleep has a scarlet bed.
Dreams are wet with Fear,
and Honour sits in Hell.
"Armageddon" by Leon Gellert

In news:

Service members form an honour guard during the Remembrance Day service at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Hundreds attended the first Snowflake Walk to End Bullying held in honour of Amanda Todd Sunday in Port Coquitlam.
She's been honoured by a Belgian Prince, taught master chefs from Russia and made television appearances worldwide.
Clare Balding honoured for Olympic work.
Victoria Bartender and Clive 's Bar Nominated for International Honours.
A stamp honouring Viola Desmond, a figure in the fight for civil rights in Nova Scotia, was issued by Canada Post earlier this year.
A Facebook page, "In Loving Memory of Jenna," has been put up in her honour.
De Niro was the guest of honour as he received the seventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the event from Douglas himself, who he thanked in his acceptance speech.
Robert De Niro 's wife lands firefighters honour.
Williams, Cornish in dead heat for CFL honour.
Queen honours stars for Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Your honour, we respectfully disagree .
The foundation honours VPD Const.
Over the years, more than 1,000 doodles have been created to commemorate special events, important dates and to honour historical figures.
Toronto man honours late grandmother with pie drive .
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In science:

Bollob´as, The evolution of sparse graphs, in “Graph theory and combinatorics proceedings, Cambridge Combinatorial Conference in Honour of Paul Erd˝os, 1984” (B.
Getting directed Hamilton cycle twice faster
Ishihara (eds.), Constructivity, Computability and Logic. A Col lection of Papers in Honour of the 60th Birthday of Douglas Bridges.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
Feymman, R. P. : Negative Probability, in ‘Quantum Implications: Essays in Honour of David Bohm’, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London & New York, pp. 235-248, (1987).
Are All Probabilities Fundamentally Quantum Mechanical?
We would also like to thank Robert Kotiuga for creating and organizing, with support from CRM, NSF, and CMI, a wonderful and memorable conference in honour of Raoul Bott, at which some of this work was presented.
Generalized complex geometry and T-duality
Dyson,, Thought experiments in honour of John Archibald Wheeler in Science and Ultimate Reality (Quantum Theory, Cosmology and Complexity), Eds. J. D.
A Gedankenexperiment in Gravitation
It has been an honour and a privilege to have been part of the Cavendish HEP group and interacted with lively, interesting and hard-working people.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
Penrose, Quantum physics and conscious thought, in Quantum Implications: Essays in honour of David Bohm (B ˙J.
Definability in the Real Universe
Johnpillai, I. K.; Mahomed, F. M.; Wafo Soh, C., Basis of Joint Invariants for (1 + 1) Linear Hyperbolic Equations, Special issue in honour of P. G. L.
Laplace Invariants for General Hyperbolic Systems
It must however be borne in mind that Bohr was writing this summary for a volume in honour of Einstein’s 70th birthday.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
Greven, Multiple time scale analysis of hierarchically interacting diffusions, in: A Festschrift in Honour of Gopinath Kal lianpur (eds. S.
Renormalisation of hierarchically interacting Cannings processes
Proportion of gaps and fluctuations of the optimal score in random sequence comparison. to appear in Proceedings in Honour of Friedrich G¨otze’s 60th-birthday.
General approach to the fluctuations problem in random sequence comparison
The motivation for this paper originates from discussions at a conference held in honour of K.R.
Simple shear is not so simple
Teitelboim, in: Quantum Theory of Gravity, essays in honour of the 60th birthday of B.
The Two-Dimensional Analogue of General Relativity
Jackiw, in: Quantum Theory of Gravity, essays in honour of the 60th birthday of B.
The Two-Dimensional Analogue of General Relativity
Essays in honour of the sixtieth birthday of E. S.
Mean-Field Equations for Spin Models with Orthogonal Interaction Matrices
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