What is Amende Honorable?

Legal Definition
Amende honorable was originally a mode of punishment in France which required the offender, barefoot and stripped to his shirt, and led into a church or auditory with a torch in his hand and a rope round his neck held by the public executioner, to beg pardon on his knees of his God, his king, and his country; now used to denote a satisfactory apology or reparation.

The amende honorable was sometimes incorporated into a larger ritual of capital punishment (specifically the French version of drawing and quartering) for parricides and regicides; this is described in the 1975 book Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault, notably in reference to Robert-Fran├žois Damiens who was condemned to make the amende honorable before the main door of the Church of Paris in 1757.
-- Wikipedia
Legal Definition
EngIish law. A penalty imposed upon a person by way of disgrace or infamy, as a punishment for any offence, or for the purpose of making reparation for any injury done to another, as the walking into church in a white sheet, with a rope about hte neck, and a ortch in the hand, and begging the pardon of God, or the king, or any private individual, for some delinquency.

2. A punishment somewhat similar to this, and which bore the same name, was common in France; it was abolished by the law of the 25th of September, 1791. Merlin Rep. de Jur. h.'t.

3. For the form of a sentence of amende horrorable, see D'Agaesseau, Oeuvres, 43 Plaidoyer, tom. 4, p. 246.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
In old English law. A penalty imposed upon a person by way of disgrace or infamy, as a punishment for any offence or for the purpose of making reparation for any injury done to another, as the walking into church in a white sheet, with a rope about the neck and a torch in the hand, and begging the pardon of God or the king or any private individual, for some delinquency. Bouvier. In French law. A species of punishment to which offenders against public decency or morality were anciently condemned.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A humiliating disgrace imposed as a penalty to make amends.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary