Synonyms & Antonyms of honor

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to show appreciation, respect, or affection for (someone) with a public celebration
  • the newlyweds were honored with a dinner given by the bride's grandmother

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Synonyms & Antonyms of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

2 an asset that brings praise or renown
  • a dedicated, caring teacher who is an honor to the teaching profession

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3 public acknowledgment or admiration for an achievement
  • the honor we give to our soldiers on Veterans Day

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4 something given in recognition of achievement
  • has received several honors from the Boy Scouts for his many years of service

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5 something granted as a special favor
  • it will be an honor for me to show your aunt around the city

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How does the noun honor contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of honor are honesty, integrity, and probity. While all these words mean "uprightness of character or action," honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one's profession, calling, or position.

Where would honesty be a reasonable alternative to honor?

The words honesty and honor can be used in similar contexts, but honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way.

When would integrity be a good substitute for honor?

While the synonyms integrity and honor are close in meaning, integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge.

When is probity a more appropriate choice than honor?

The meanings of probity and honor largely overlap; however, probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

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The first known use of honor was in the 13th century

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“Honor.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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