amende honorable


Form of satisfaction inflicted on condemned criminals in France as late as the 17th century; they appeared before the ecclesiastical judge, stripped to the waist, barefoot, with candle in hand, begging pardon of God, the king, and justice.

MLA Citation

  • “amende honorable”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 November 2019. Web. 4 March 2021. <>