Definition of Honor

1. Verb. Bestow honor or rewards upon. "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"

Exact synonyms: Honour, Reward
Specialized synonyms: Drink, Pledge, Salute, Toast, Wassail, Dignify, Ennoble, Decorate
Generic synonyms: Recognise, Recognize
Antonyms: Dishonor
Derivative terms: Honoree, Honour, Honour, Reward

2. Noun. A tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction. "An award for bravery"

3. Verb. Show respect towards. "Honor your parents!"
Exact synonyms: Abide By, Honour, Observe, Respect
Generic synonyms: Accept
Specialized synonyms: Celebrate, Lionise, Lionize, Tolerate
Derivative terms: Honorable, Honoring, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respect, Respecter
Antonyms: Disrespect

4. Noun. The state of being honored.
Exact synonyms: Honour, Laurels
Generic synonyms: Standing
Specialized synonyms: Glorification, Glory, Celebrity, Fame, Renown, Esteem, Regard, Respect, Reputation, Repute
Antonyms: Dishonor
Derivative terms: Honorary, Honour

5. Verb. Accept as pay. "We honor checks and drafts"
Exact synonyms: Honour
Generic synonyms: Accept, Have, Take
Antonyms: Dishonor

6. Noun. The quality of being honorable and having a good name. "A man of honor"
Exact synonyms: Honour
Generic synonyms: Righteousness
Antonyms: Dishonor

7. Noun. A woman's virtue or chastity.
Exact synonyms: Honour, Pureness, Purity
Generic synonyms: Chastity, Sexual Morality, Virtue
Derivative terms: Pure, Pure

Definition of Honor

1. n. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Honor

1. Proper noun. (English female given name). ¹

2. Noun. The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; the perception of such a state. ¹

3. Noun. Veneration of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent. ¹

4. Noun. A prize or award. ¹

5. Noun. The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon. ¹

6. Noun. (countable card games) An ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge. ¹

7. Noun. (countable but always plural) The privilege of playing first from the tee in golf. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive US) To show respect for. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive US) To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, request, or the like). ¹

10. Verb. (transitive US) To bestow an honor on a person ¹

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Definition of Honor

1. to treat with respect [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Honor

1. 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; 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." (Wordsworth) "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." "I have given thee . . . Both riches, and honor." (1 Kings III. 13) "Thou art clothed with honor and majesty." (Ps. Civ. 1) 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." 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. A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended. 10. Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as, honors in classics. 11. 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! An assurance of truth or fidelity. Honor court, distinctions granted to a vanquished enemy, as of marching out from a camp or town armed, and with colours 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. Maid of honor, a lady of rank, whose duty it is to attend the queen when she appears in public. 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 the honors and to give the word." . To do one honor, to confer distinction upon one. To have the honor, to have the privilege or distinction. Word of honor, an engagement confirmed by a pledge of honor. Origin: OE. Honor, honour, onour, onur, OF. Honor, onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F. Honneur, fr. L. Honor, honos Alternative forms: honour. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Honor

honky tonk
honor guard
honor killing
honor killings
honor roll
honor rolls
honor system
honorable mention

Literary usage of Honor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1864)
"honor, at the periods of its greatest power, sways the will more than the belief ... honor signifies the aggregate of those rules by the aid of which this ..."

2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1863)
"honor, at the periods of its greatest power, sways the will more than ... The word honor is not always used in the same sense either in French or English. ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1889)
"Fide honor ' is an anagram of ' John Forde.' ' I do not know,' says Lamb, ... Fide honor,' 4to, was brought out 3 May 1638, and was published in the ..."

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