amende honorable

amende ho·​no·​ra·​ble | \ ȧmääⁿdȯnȯrȧblᵊ, -b(lə) \
plural amendes honorables\ " \

Definition of amende honorable

: reparation for a crime or injury formerly consisting in such a formal and humiliating acknowledgment of offense and apology as will restore the injured or offended honor of the one wronged broadly : a full acknowledgment of error with apology

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First Known Use of amende honorable

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amende honorable

French, literally, honorable reparation

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“Amende honorable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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