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As a verb, to accept a bill of exchange, or to pay a note, check, or accepted bill, at maturity. To pay or to accept and pay, or, where a credit so engages, to purchase or discount a draft complying with the terms of the draft.

As a noun, in old English Law, a seigniory of several manors held under one baron or lord paramount. Also those dignities or privileges, degrees of nobility, knighthood, and other titles that flow from the crown.

In the United States, the customary title of courtesy given to judges, and occasionally to some other officers, as, "his honor," "your honor," "honorable."


(Good reputation), noun character, dignitas, existimatio, fama, good name, good opinion, goodness, high regard, incorruptibility, integrity, moral rectitude, probity, purity, rectitude, regard, reliability, repute, respectability, righteousness, sense of responsibility, standing, status, trustiness, trustworthiness, uprightness, virtue
Associated concepts: reputation evidence


(Outward respect), noun acclaim, admiration, adulation, aggrandizement, appreciation, approbation, approval, commendation, consideration, courtesy, credit, deference, devotion, distinction, esteem, estimation, favor, glorification, glory, high regard, homage, laud, laudation, obeisance, praise, prominence, regard, reverence, tribute, veneration, worship


verb acclaim, accredit, advance, aggrandize, applaud, belaud, bepraise, canonize, celebrare, celebrate, cheer, cite, commemorate, commend, compliment, confer distinction on, congratulate, consecrate, crown, decorare, decorate, defer to, distinguish, elevate, ennoble, esteem, eulogize, exalt, extol, glorify, hail, hold in esteem, idolize, laud, lionize, look up to, make important, memorialize, pay deference, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, praise, prize, promote, put on a pedestal, raise, raise to distinction, regard, respect, revere, reverence, salute, set store by, show respect, toast, value, venerate
Associated concepts: honorary trust
See also: accept, acknowledge, advance, character, compensate, conscience, credit, dedicate, defer, deference, discharge, distinction, elevate, eminence, estimation, ethics, fulfill, homage, integrity, keep, laudation, mention, merit, obey, observe, pay, prestige, principle, privilege, prize, probity, raise, recognition, recognize, rectitude, regard, remunerate, reputation, respect, right

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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We must affect our country as our parents, And if at any time we alienate Out love or industry from doing it honor, We must respect effects and teach the soul Matter of conscience and religion, And not desire of rule or benefit.
I congratulate you, sir," he said, "upon your very great invention, and I hope to see it supplant all forms of existing telegraphs, and that you will be successful in obtaining the wealth and honor which is your due.
There is in every breast a sensibility to marks of honor, of favor, of esteem, and of confidence, which, apart from all considerations of interest, is some pledge for grateful and benevolent returns.
There's much amusement: the receiver-general gives balls; the prefect is an amiable man; and Monseigneur the bishop sometimes honors us with a visit--"
Will the marquis honor me by a few moments' private conversation?
For he that cannot possibly mend his own case, will do what he can, to impair another's; except these defects light upon a very brave, and heroical nature, which thinketh to make his natural wants part of his honor; in that it should be said, that an eunuch, or a lame man, did such great matters; affecting the honor of a miracle; as it was in Narses the eunuch, and Agesilaus and Tamberlanes, that were lame men.
During this long period these fables seem to have suffered an eclipse, to have disappeared and to have been forgotten; and it is at the commencement of the fourteenth century, when the Byzantine emperors were the great patrons of learning, and amidst the splendors of an Asiatic court, that we next find honors paid to the name and memory of Aesop.
in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
Then Little John, or Reynold Greenleaf, I like you well, on my honor as Much the miller's son; and you too, bold Robin Hood.
As to the other sciences, inasmuch as these borrow their principles from philosophy, I judged that no solid superstructures could be reared on foundations so infirm; and neither the honor nor the gain held out by them was sufficient to determine me to their cultivation: for I was not, thank Heaven, in a condition which compelled me to make merchandise of science for the bettering of my fortune; and though I might not profess to scorn glory as a cynic, I yet made very slight account of that honor which I hoped to acquire only through fictitious titles.
I have no seconds on my part, monsieur," said D'Artagnan; "for having only arrived yesterday in Paris, I as yet know no one but Monsieur de Treville, to whom I was recommended by my father, who has the honor to be, in some degree, one of his friends.
Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night.