A`mende" (#), n. [F. See Amend.]
A pecuniary punishment or fine; a reparation or recantation.
Amende honorable(#). Old FrenchLaw A species of infamous punishment in which the offender, being led into court with a rope about his neck, and a lighted torch in his hand, begged pardon of his God, the court, etc. In popular language, the phrase now denotes a public apology or recantation, and reparation to an injured party, for improper language or treatment.
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