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honi soit qui mal y pense

[aw-nee swa kee mal ee pahns] /ɔ ni ˈswa ki mal i ˈpɑ̃s/
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shamed be the person who thinks evil of it: motto of the Order of the Garter.
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  • Compare the famous epigram adopted by the Order of the Garter: "honi soit qui mal y pense" (shamed be he who thinks evil of it).

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
  • The bearded lady had very, very masculine features, but honi soit qui mal y pense.

  • It was a honi soit qui mal y pense remembrance of the royal wedding.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  • But then I allow a great latitude on such a point (our highest order carries the truest motto, honi soit qui mal y pense).

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
British Dictionary definitions for honi soit qui mal y pense

honi soit qui mal y pense

/ɔni swa ki mal i pɑ̃s/
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1.
shamed be he who thinks evil of it: the motto of the Order of the Garter
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Word Origin and History for honi soit qui mal y pense

Middle French, "shame on him who thinks evil of it;" proverbial expression recorded from c.1300, used as motto of the Order of the Garter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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