What is honour?

  • (noun): A tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction.
    Synonyms: award, accolade, honor, laurels
    See also — Additional definitions below

Honour

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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The Glen High School - The School Song
... Pride in our country's beauty Honour, sincerity, Obedience to rule ... of our high endeavour, 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 ... Pride in our country's beauty Honour, sincerity, Obedience to rule ...
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 ...
Malati Choudhury - Honours and Awards
... 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 (1997) Honour by the State Social ...
Prince William Cup - Controversy
... Many people called on the WRU to rename the trophy in honour of Welsh international rugby star Ray Gravell, who died on 31 October 2007 ... Paul Flynn and 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 ...
Henrietta Maria Of France - Legacy
... state of Maryland was named in her honour by her husband, Charles I ... for the colony with the name left blank, suggesting that Charles bestow a name in his own honour ... and several family members in other colonial names, decided to honour his wife ...

More definitions of "honour":

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

Famous quotes containing the word honour:

    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)

    ... if we can imagine the art of fiction come alive and standing in our midst, she would undoubtedly bid us to break her and bully her, as well as honour and love her, for so her youth is renewed and her sovereignty assured.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    Riches are valuable at all times, and to all men; because they always purchase pleasures, such as men are accustomed to, and desire: Nor can any thing restrain or regulate the love of money, but a sense of honour and virtue; which, if it be not nearly equal at all times, will naturally abound most in ages of knowledge and refinement.
    David Hume (1711–1776)