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Amende honorable

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amende honorable (Old French Law) A species of infamous punishment in which the offender, being led into court with a rope about his neck, and a lighted torch in his hand, begged pardon of his God, the court, etc. In popular language, the phrase now denotes a public apology or recantation, and reparation to an injured party, for improper language or treatment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Amende honorable a public confession and apology made for any offence
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. See Amend.

Usage

In literature:

Gordon has made honorable amends to my children.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
There, in front of the Cathedral, candle in hand and rope round his neck, he made the amende honorable.
"A Book of Remarkable Criminals" by H. B. Irving
It is an assured sign of a worthy and generous spirit, whom honor amends.
"Essays" by Francis Bacon
Later the bill was amended in such a way as to repeal distinctly that time-honored act.
"The Anti-Slavery Crusade" by Jesse Macy
How would he be able to make the amende honorable to La Touche?
"Northern Lights, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
I want to make the amende honorable.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
No small cause have I for being dissatisfied with Dame Nature, and, by my honor, I will have amends!
"The Robbers A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Come the worst, the hymeneal torch, and a white sheet, must be my amende honorable, as the French have it.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
They have told us much of the amendment of the Regicides of France, and of their returning honor and generosity.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They deny what the amendment of my honorable friend from Kentucky affirms.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
To Anna Dickinson belongs the honor of suggesting a XV amendment.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
I have been called upon several times to make the amende honorable, and I admit that it is not an occasion of much mirth and merriment.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Be pleased to consider the tendered honors as amends for the insults of intolerant fanatics in this city.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
Now choose between the amende honorable or the death we just described.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
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In news:

As we pause today to honor Old Glory, The American Legion's Legislative Division has issued a legislative alert regarding the flag amendment.
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