Amende honorable



a formal apology to a person whose honor has been offended.
Historical Examples

While you have time, it will be well for you to make the amende honorable.
The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Charles Lamb

She felt that in saying this she had made fully the amende honorable to May.
A Widow’s Tale and Other Stories Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

Favras was condemned to make the ‘amende honorable’ in front of the Cathedral, and to be hanged at the Place de Greve.
Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete Madame Campan

She would have made the amende honorable then, if it had taken all the strength of her soul.
Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas

There, in front of the Cathedral, candle in hand and rope round his neck, he made the amende honorable.
A Book of Remarkable Criminals H. B. Irving

Once again in these pages I tender her with all my heart my amende honorable.
War Pierre Loti

He swallowed a cup of coffee, and then proceeded on his visit, to make the amende honorable.
Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat

The sailors, fully satisfied with the amende honorable, gave three cheers and went on their way rejoicing.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXVI, July 1852, Vol. V Various

It is said, I know not how truly, that he has since made the amende honorable.
The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2) Anna Jameson

We thought we would go and call on our old neighbors and make the amende honorable.
Drum Taps in Dixie Delavan S. Miller

noun (pl) amendes honorables (amɑ̃dz ɔnɔrablə)
a public apology and reparation made to satisfy the honour of the person wronged Sometimes shortened to amende

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