Hypertext Webster Gateway: "honor"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Honor \Hon"or\, 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; veneration; manifestation of
respect or reverence.

A prophet is not without honor, save in his own
country. --Matt. xiii.

2. That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or
consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity;
especially, excellence of character; high moral worth;
virtue; nobleness; specif., in men, integrity;
uprightness; trustworthness; in women, purity; chastity.

If she have forgot Honor and virtue. --Shak.

Godlike erect, with native honor clad. --Milton.

3. 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.

Say, what is honor? 'T is the finest sense Of
justice which the human mind can frame, Intent each
lurking frailty to disclaim, And guard the way of
life from all offense Suffered or done.

I could not love thee, dear, so much, Loved I not
honor more. --Lovelace.

4. That to which esteem or consideration is paid;
distinguished position; high rank. ``Restored me to my
honors.'' --Shak.

I have given thee . . . both riches, and honor. --1
Kings iii. 13.

Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. --Ps. civ.

5. Fame; reputation; credit.

Some in theiractions do woo, and affect honor and
reputation. --Bacon.

If my honor is meant anything distinct from
conscience, 't is no more than a regard to the
censure and esteem of the world. --Rogers.

6. 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. ``Their funeral
honors.'' --Dryden.

7. A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an
ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation.

8. 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}.

9. (Feud. Law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on
which other lordships and manors depended. --Cowell.

10. pl. Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as,
honors in classics.

11. pl. (Whist) The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The
ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors. --R. A.

{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!} An assurance of truth or fidelity. [Colloq.]

{Honor court} (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, or Code}, {of honor}, certain rules by which social
intercourse is regulated among persons of fashion, and
which are founded on a regard to reputation. --Paley.

{Maid of honor}, a lady of rank, whose duty it is to attend
the queen when she appears in public.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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 deference and submission; when used
of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship.

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.

It is a custom More honor'd in the breach than the
observance. --Shak.

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.

The name of Cassius honors this corruption. --Shak.

3. (Com.) To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an
award for bravery" [syn: {award}, {accolade}, {honour},
2: the state of being honored [syn: {honour}, {laurels}] [ant:
3: the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a
man of honor" [syn: {honour}] [ant: {dishonor}]
4: a woman's virtue or chastity [syn: {honour}, {purity}]
v 1: bestow honor upon; "Today we honor our soldiers" [syn: {honour},
{reward}] [ant: {dishonor}]
2: show respect towards; "honor your parents!" [syn: {respect},
{honour}, {abide by}, {observe}] [ant: {disrespect}]
3: accept as pay; "we honor checks and drafts" [syn: {honour}]
[ant: {dishonor}]

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