Definition of honoris causa in English:

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honoris causa

Pronunciation: /äˈnôris ˈkôzə/ Pronunciation: /ˈkousə/


(Especially of a degree awarded without examination) as a mark of esteem: the artist has been awarded the degree honoris causa
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  • Mugabe was described as ‘one of the great figures of modern Africa’ when he received the degree of doctor honoris causa in 1984, in recognition of educational programmes he instigated in the country.
  • He has also criticized the practice of presenting honoris causa doctoral degrees or of receiving credit for postgraduate programs without attending any classes.
  • The Rector reported that a request has been received from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics to confer the degree of doctor honoris causa in Mathematics and Astronomy upon Mr T J Stieltjes, a former employee of Leiden Observatory.


Early 17th century: Latin, literally 'for honor's sake'.

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Syllabification: ho·no·ris cau·sa

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