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amende honorable

Line breaks: amende hon¦or|able
Pronunciation: /əˌmɒ̃d ɒnɔːˈrɑːbl(ə)
 
, amɑ̃d ɔnɔʀabl/

Definition of amende honorable in English:

noun (plural amendes honorables pronounced same)

literary
A public or open apology, typically with some form of reparation.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

French, literally 'honourable reparation'.

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