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Honour, subst. (personified as masc. All's II, 3, 141; as fem. H4A I, 3, 205) 1) high estimation, respect, veneration: “a son that well deserves the h. and regard of such a father,” Gent. II, 4, 60 (perhaps rather == who is worthy of such an honoured father). “general h.” Meas. IV, 3, 141. “h., high h. and renown to Hymen,” As V, 4, 151. “hast the memory of Hermione in h.” Wint. V, 1, 51. “cried fame and h. on him,” Tw. V, 1, 62. “when he could not but pay me terms of h.” Ant. III, 4, 7 etc.
2) good name, high reputation, renown: “unless thou take that h. from thy name,” Sonn. 36, 12. “h., riches, marriage-blessing,” Tp. IV, 106. “he after h. hunts,” Gent. I, 1, 63. Err. I, 1, 149. LLL I, 1, 6. All's II, 1, 15. Wint. III, 2, 111. H4A I, 1, 81. I, 3, 202. I, 3, 202 III, 2, 106. H4B II, 3, 7. H6A I, 2, 147. III, 2, 116 etc.
3) high rank, dignity, distinction: “public h. and proud titles,” Sonn. 25, 2. “confer fair Milan with all the --s on my brother,” Tp. I, 2, 127. “dignified with this high h.” Gent. II, 4, 158. “I could come to such h.!” Wiv. II, 1, 45. “to undergo such ample grace and h.” Meas. I, 1, 24. “take your --s,” Meas. I, 1, 24 “you to your former h. I bequeath,” As V, 4, 192. “I, by the h. of my marriagebed, claim this land for mine,” John V, 2, 93. “whose state and h. I for aye allow,” R2 V, 2, 40. “it shall make h. for you,” Mcb. II, 1, 26. “we must receive him according to the h. of his sender,” Cymb. II, 3, 63. All's III, 2, 74. John I, 182. John I, 182 H6A V, 3, 136. H6B II, 2, 62. II, 3, 10. II, 3, 10 H6C III, 3, 192. R3 I, 3, 256. Mcb. I, 3, 144. I, 6, 17. III, 6, 36. IV, 2, 66. V, 8, 64 etc.
4) a mark of respect: “to whom you show this h.” Merch. III, 4, 5. “I would do the man what h. I can,” All's IV, 3, 304. H4A V, 4, 144. H8 V, 2, 26. Ant. V, 2, 161. Cymb. III, 3, 105. “these colours that I wear in h. of my noble Lord of York,” H6A III, 4, 30. H6B I, 3, 54. Per. II, 2, 5 etc.
5) that which reflects credit on one: “Falstaff will learn the h. of the age,” Wiv. I, 3, 92 (the spurious Qq and M. Edd. humour). “little h. to be much believed,” Meas. II, 4, 149. “there's h. in the theft,” All's II, 1, 34. “he had the h. to be the officer at Mile-end,” IV, 3, 301. “it is an h. 'longing to our house,” IV, 2, 42. “to maintain, to the king's h., full fifteen earls,” H5 I, 1, 12. “wear it for an h. in thy cap,” IV, 8, 63. “these names in h. follows Coriolanus,” Cor. II, 1, 182. “to both your --s,” Hml. III, 1, 42. “the gods, who make them --s of men's impossibilities,” Lr. IV, 6, 73. “when I know that boasting is an h.” Oth. I, 2, 20. “his taints and --s waged equal with him,” Ant. V, 1, 30 etc.
6) personal integrity, elevated sentiments, a just claim to the respect of others felt and asserted: “finding myself in h. so forbid,” Compl. 150. “shall never melt mine h. into lust,” Tp. IV, 1, 28. “whose h. cannot be measured or confined,” V, 121. “here is her oath for love, her --'s pawn,” Gent. I, 3, 47. “how, with my h., I may undertake a journey,” II, 7, 6. “upon whose faith and h. I repose,” IV, 3, 26. “I took't upon mine h.” Wiv. II, 2, 12. “you stand upon your h.” Wiv. II, 2, 12 “to keep the terms of my h. precise,” Wiv. II, 2, 12 Meas. II, 4, 179. Err. V, 30. Ado IV, 1, 188. LLL II, 1, 170. Merch. I, 1, 137. As I, 2, 31. All's I, 2, 35. All's I, 2, 35 II, 3, 140. V, 3, 113. Tw III, 1, 129. III, 4, 222. III, 4, 222 III, 4, 222 Wint. I, 2, 407. John V, 7, 85. R2 I, 1, 74. V, 3, 11. V, 6, 29. H4A IV, 1, 10. V, 1, 131. H4B V, 2, 35. H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. IV, 2, 32. V, 1, 90. H6A II, 5, 52. Cor. III, 2, 144. Mcb. I, 2, 44. IV, 3, 117. Oth. II, 3, 58 etc. “by mine h.!” Ado IV, 1, 249. Merch. V, 219. Merch. V, 219 As I, 2, 63. Tw. I, 5, 124. R2 V, 2, 78. H5 V, 2, 237 etc. “by the h. of my ancestry!” Gent. V, 4, 139. “vow by h. of thy house,” H6A III, 2, 77. on or “upon mine h.!” Tp. II, 1, 317. III, 2, 123. Gent. III, 1, 48. Meas. I, 1, 64. II, 4, 147. V, 524. Ado IV, 1, 89. V, 1, 104. Wint. II, 2, 65 etc. “of mine h.!” H6B IV, 2, 103 (Cade's speech).
In women it means above all purity, chastity: “with safest distance I mine h. shielded,” Compl. 151. “to violate the h. of my child,” Tp. I, 2, 348. Gent. V, 4, 22. Wiv. II, 2, 252. Meas. III, 1, 166. Ado IV, 1, 193. All's III, 5, 12. IV, 2, 45 etc.
7) a title given to the nobility, == lordship or ladyship: Ven. Ded. IV, 2, 45 Tp. III, 2, 26. Meas. I, 1, 84. II, 1, 8. II, 1, 8 II, 1, 8 II, 1, 8 II, 1, 8 II, 1, 8 V, 82. Merch. III, 2, 194. Merch. III, 2, 194 Shr. Ind. I, 54. Wint. III, 2, 115. H4A IV, 2, 58. H4B I, 1, 5. H6A II, 2, 53. II, 5, 93. V, 3, 147. H6B IV, 5, 5. R3 III, 2, 21. R3 III, 2, 21 H8 V, 3, 2. 78 (ironically). Troil. III, 1, 16. Cor. I, 2, 33. II, 2, 72. V, 6, 140. Tit. IV, 2, 5. Tim. I, 1, 109. III, 2, 28. III, 1, 91 etc.
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