Hon´or   Pronunciation: ǒn´ẽrd
n.1.Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence.
A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country.
- Matt. xiii. 57.
2.That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue; nobleness.
Godlike erect, with native honor clad.
- Milton.
3.Purity; chastity; - a term applied mostly to women, but becoming uncommon in usage.
If she have forgot
Honor and virtue.
- Shak.
4.A nice sense of what is right, just, and true, with course of life correspondent thereto; strict conformity to the duty imposed by conscience, position, or privilege; integrity; uprightness; trustworthness.
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
Loved I not honor more.
- Lovelace.
5.That to which esteem or consideration is paid; distinguished position; high rank.
I have given thee . . . both riches, and honor.
- 1 Kings iii. 13.
Thou art clothed with honor and majesty.
- Ps. civ. 1.
6.Fame; reputation; credit.
7.A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a ceremonial sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on his breast; military honors; civil honors.
8.A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation.
9.A title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil offices, or to persons of rank; as, His Honor the Mayor. See Note under Honorable.
10.(Feud. Law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended.
11.Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as, honors in classics.
12.(Whist) The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors.
Affair of honor
a dispute to be decided by a duel, or the duel itself.
Court of honor
a court or tribunal to investigate and decide questions relating to points of honor; as a court of chivalry, or a military court to investigate acts or omissions which are unofficerlike or ungentlemanly in their nature.
Debt of honor
a debt contracted by a verbal promise, or by betting or gambling, considered more binding than if recoverable by law.
Honor bright!
(Feudal Law) one held in an honor or seignory.
Honor point
(Her.) See Escutcheon.
Honors of war
(Mil.) distinctions granted to a vanquished enemy, as of marching out from a camp or town armed, and with colors flying.
Law of honor
certain rules by which social intercourse is regulated among persons of fashion, and which are founded on a regard to reputation.
Maid of honor
a - a lady of rank, whose duty it is to attend the queen when she appears in public.
- Paley.
b - the bride's principle attendant at a wedding, if unmarried. If married, she is referred to as the
On one's honor
on the pledge of one's honor; as, the members of the House of Lords in Great Britain, are not under oath, but give their statements or verdicts on their honor.
Point of honor
a scruple or nice distinction in matters affecting one's honor; as, he raised a point of honor.
To do the honors
to bestow honor, as on a guest; to act as host or hostess at an entertainment.
To do one honor
to confer distinction upon one.
- Pope.
To have the honor
to have the privilege or distinction.
Word of honor
an engagement confirmed by a pledge of honor.
v. t.1.To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to revere; to treat with deference and submission; when used of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship.
[imp. & p. p. Honored (ǒn"ẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Honoring.]
Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Ex. xx. 12.
That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.
- John v. 23.
2.To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to treat in a complimentary manner or with civility.
Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighten to honor.
- Esther vi. 9.
3.(Com.) To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of exchange.
Noun1.Honorhonor - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
2.honor - the state of being honored
Synonyms: honour, laurels
dishonor, dishonour - a state of shame or disgrace; "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"
3.honor - the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a man of honor"
Synonyms: honour
dishonor, dishonour - lacking honor or integrity
4.honor - a woman's virtue or chastity
Synonyms: purity, honour
Verb1.honor - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageus action"
Synonyms: honour, reward
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
2.honor - show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
3.honor - accept as pay; "we honor checks and drafts"
Synonyms: honour
dishonor, dishonour - refuse to accept; "dishonor checks and drafts"

HONOR. High estimation. A testimony of high estimation. Dignity. Reputation. Dignified respect of character springing from probity, principle, or moral rectitude. A duel is not justified by any insult to our honor. Honor is also employed to signify integrity in a judge, courage in a soldier, and chastity in a woman. To deprive a woman of her honor is, in some cases, punished as a public wrong, and by an action for the recovery of damages done to the relative rights of a husband or a father. Vide Criminal conversation.
     2. In England, when a peer of parliament is sitting judicially in that body, his pledge of honor is received instead of an oath; and in courts of equity, peers, peeresses, and lords of parliament, answer on their honor only. But the courts of common law know no such distinction. It is needless to add, that as we are not encumbered by a nobility, there is no such distinction in the United States, all persons being equal in the eye of the law.

HONOR, Eng. law. The seigniory of a lord paramount. 2 Bl. Com. 9f.

TO HONOR, contr. To accept a bill of exchange; to pay a bill accepted, or a promissory note, on the day it becomes due. 7 Taunt. 164; 1 T. R. 172. Vide To Dishonor.

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