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1Bringing or deserving honour:‘this is the only honourable course’‘a decent and honourable man’
illustrious, distinguished, eminent, great, admirable, glorious, prestigious, noble, notable, creditable, renowned, esteemedmorally correct, honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded, full of integrityView synonyms
- ‘And so he has done the honourable thing and admitted US election defeat.’
- ‘He wants to make a career at the highest level and that's an honourable aspiration.’
- ‘As Western leaders become mired in squalid chaos, there is a noticeable lack of any honourable values shining through.’
- ‘So why don't they do the honourable thing and resign their posts and let the citizens run the city according to the wishes of the citizens?’
- ‘All I can do for you is give you the opportunity to die a quick, honorable death.’
- ‘There is nothing wrong with a government being kicked out of office for doing the right and honourable thing.’
- ‘The leader of the trade union said he believed Mr Smith had done the honourable thing by resigning.’
- ‘Even if Lena's original intentions were less than honorable, at least in the end she told Bianca the truth.’
- ‘The most he could do was provide us with a handwritten note that vouched for our honorable intentions.’
- ‘They told the 66-year-old that the honourable course of action would be to resign.’
- ‘It is hardly the way to treat the most distinguished and longserving members of a noble and honourable profession.’
- ‘However, fear, as well as guilt, forced me to choose the more honorable course of action.’
- ‘That part was true, but his reasons for marriage are not entirely honorable.’
- ‘By resigning she did the honourable thing and deserves credit for that.’
- ‘These are honourable motives for getting involved in the political process.’
- ‘The integrity of the author is, of course, a prerequisite for publication in any honourable journal.’
- ‘He did not seem to trust this man and was quite sure that his intentions were not honourable.’
- ‘It would be honourable for the Forum to come out in the open and declare that they are either a political party or are backing one.’
- ‘The idea that an honorable death is better than a life of disgrace continues in modern Japan.’
- ‘Her husband followed later after completing a long and honourable career in the airline business.’
- 1.1humorous, formal (of the intentions of a man courting a woman) directed towards marriage:‘the young man's intentions had been honourable’
- ‘He assured him that his intentions with his daughter were honorable, and asked if he could speak to her.’
- ‘I was beginning to feel all tingly as he gazed into the limpid pool of my eyes and professed his honorable intentions.’
- ‘I went home with this girl once and her father asked, ‘Are your intentions honourable or dishonourable?’’
- ‘He couldn't risk having her think his intentions were less than honorable.’
- ‘He used to be very kind and dependable and I used to believe that his intentions towards were me honourable and that once he had resolved all the issues with his ex-wife and children, that he would marry me.’
2Used as a title for certain high officials, the children of certain ranks of the nobility, and MPs:‘the Honourable Alan Simpson, US Senator’
- ‘The Rt. Honourable Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitz-Patrick was born at Lisduff House, Errill on April 28, 1848.’
- ‘His next greeting was to the Honourable Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America.’
- ‘The Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. served as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama from 1997-2004.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin honorabilis, from honor honour.
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