noun (plural amendes honorables pronounced same)literary
A public or open apology, typically with some form of reparation.
- As an amende honorable to the late President Wilson, Fiumians suggested naming a street after him.
- However, at that time, the Church refused to bury actors on consecrated ground unless they had performed the amende honorable with a priest.
- First the victim would perform public penitence or amende honorable: dressed in white, carrying a large and heavy candle, and with a rope around his or her neck, the person to be executed would cry for the mercy of God.
French, literally 'honourable reparation'.
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