One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural amendes honorablesliterary
A public or open apology, typically with some form of reparation.
expression of regret, one's regretsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
French, literally ‘honourable reparation’.
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