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Definition: Right honorable
, a. [F. honorable, L. honorabilis.]
1. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded;
Thy name and honorable family. --Shak.
2. High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a
scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation.
3. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed
to a just and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair;
as, an honorable motive.
Is this proceeding just and honorable? --Shak.
4. Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds.
Honorable wounds from battle brought. --Dryden.
5. Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended;
consistent with honor or rectitude.
Marriage is honorable in all. --Heb. xiii.
6. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with
testimonies of esteem; as, an honorable burial.
7. Of reputable association or use; respectable.
Let her descend: my chambers are honorable. --Shak.
8. An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable
Senate; the honorable gentleman.
Note: Honorable is a title of quality, conferred by English
usage upon the younger children of earls and all the
children of viscounts and barons. The maids of honor,
lords of session, and the supreme judges of England and
Ireland are entitled to the prefix. In American usage,
it is a title of courtesy merely, bestowed upon those
who hold, or have held, any of the higher public
offices, esp. governors, judges, members of Congress or
of the Senate, mayors, and often also extended to lower
officials, such as city council members.
. See under Right
1. In a right manner.
2. In a right or straight line; directly; hence; straightway;
immediately; next; as, he stood right before me; it went
right to the mark; he came right out; he followed right
after the guide.
Unto Dian's temple goeth she right. --Chaucer.
Let thine eyes look right on. --Prov. iv.
Right across its track there lay,
Down in the water, a long reef of gold. --Tennyson.
3. Exactly; just. [Obs. or Colloq.]
Came he right now to sing a raven's note? --Shak.
4. According to the law or will of God; conforming to the
standard of truth and justice; righteously; as, to live
right; to judge right.
5. According to any rule of art; correctly.
You with strict discipline instructed right.
6. According to fact or truth; actually; truly; really;
correctly; exactly; as, to tell a story right. “Right at
mine own cost.”
Right as it were a steed of Lumbardye. --Chaucer.
His wounds so smarted that he slept right naught.
7. In a great degree; very; wholly; unqualifiedly; extremely;
highly; as, right humble; right noble; right valiant. “He
was not right fat”
For which I should be right sorry. --Tyndale.
[I] return those duties back as are right fit.
Note: In this sense now chiefly prefixed to titles; as, right
honorable; right reverend.
, a title given in England to peers and
peeresses, to the eldest sons and all daughters of such
peers as have rank above viscounts, and to all privy
councilors; also, to certain civic officers, as the lord
mayor of London, of York, and of Dublin.
Note: Right is used in composition with other adverbs, as
upright, downright, forthright, etc.
, without cessation; continuously; as, to work
right along for several hours. [Colloq. U.S.]
, or Right off
, at once; straightway; without
delay. [Colloq. U.S.] “We will . . . shut ourselves up in
the office and do the work right off.”