What is honour?

  • (verb): Accept as pay.
    Synonyms: honor
    See also — Additional definitions below


Honour or honor (see spelling differences; from the Latin word honos, honoris) is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals (or corporate bodies) are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large.

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Some articles on honour:

The Glen High School - The School Song
... Pride in our country's beauty Honour, sincerity, Obedience to rule ... School of our youth together School of our hearts forever Honour its name Hark when the Glen is singing, Hear, hear our voices ringing, Loudly and proudly singing ... Pride in our country's beauty Honour, sincerity, Obedience to rule ...
Prince William Cup - Controversy
... called on the WRU to rename the trophy in honour of Welsh international rugby star Ray Gravell, who died on 31 October 2007 ... Plaid's Adam Price MP called for the WRU to honour Ray Gravell as a patriotic Welshman rather than Prince William, regarded by many in Wales as an Englishman who openly supports the England ...
Henrietta Maria Of France - Legacy
... state of Maryland was named in her honour by her husband, Charles I ... charter for the colony with the name left blank, suggesting that Charles bestow a name in his own honour ... himself and several family members in other colonial names, decided to honour his wife ...
Malati Choudhury - Honours and Awards
... Award (1988) Utkal Seva Sammaan (1994) Tagore Literacy Award (1995) Honour by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly (19 ...
Honours and Awards
... In many countries the term honour can refer to an award given by the state ... Such honours include military medals, but more typically imply a civilian award, such as a British OBE, a knighthood or membership of the French L├ęgion d'honneur ...

More definitions of "honour":

  • (noun): The state of being honored.
    Synonyms: honor, laurels
  • (noun): A woman's virtue or chastity.
    Synonyms: honor, purity
  • (verb): Bestow honor or rewards upon.
    Synonyms: honor, reward
  • (noun): The quality of being honorable and having a good name.
    Synonyms: honor

Famous quotes containing the word honour:

    Weep not for little Leonie,
    Abducted by a French Marquis!
    Though loss of honour was a wrench,
    Just think how it’s improved her French.
    Harry Graham (1874–1936)

    My Poynz, I cannot frame me tune to fayne,
    To cloke the trothe for praisse withowt desart,
    Of them that lyst all vice for to retayne.
    I cannot honour them that settes their part
    With Venus and Baccus all theire lyf long;
    Nor holld my pece of them allthoo I smart.
    Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503?–1542)

    The gentlemen [at a ball], as they passed and repassed, looked as if they thought we were quite at their disposal, and only waiting for the honour of their commands; and they sauntered about, in a careless indolent manner, as if with a view to keep us in suspense.... I thought it so provoking, that I determined in my own mind that, far from humouring such airs, I would rather not dance at all.
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)