What is honour?

  • (noun): The state of being honored.
    Synonyms: honor, laurels
    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:

Malati Choudhury - Honours and Awards
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 Welfare Advisory ...
Henrietta Maria Of France - Legacy
... state of Maryland was named in her honour by her husband, Charles I ... with the name left blank, suggesting that Charles bestow a name in his own honour ... family members in other colonial names, decided to honour his wife ...
The Glen High School - The School Song
... Pride in our country's beauty Honour, sincerity, Obedience to rule ... 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, Praise of our school, There's where we're taught our duty ... 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'honne ...

More definitions of "honour":

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

Famous quotes containing the word honour:

    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)

    The only thing of weight that can be said against modern honour is that it is directly opposite to religion. The one bids you bear injuries with patience, the other tells you if you don’t resent them, you are not fit to live.
    Bernard Mandeville (1670–1733)

    Shelley is truth itself—and honour itself—notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)