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For the medieval usage see homage (medieval) and commendation ceremony, or Homage (disambiguation)

Homage is pronounced variously as English pronunciation: /ˈhɒmɪdʒ/, /ˈɒmɪdʒ/, or /oʊˈmɑːʒ/. The last reflects the modern French pronunciation, although the word entered Middle English many centuries ago. In traditional usage it is analogous to praise; one properly speaks of homage or the homage, rather than a homage or an homage.[1] The latter usage, however, has been rising during the twentieth century,[2] reflecting the modern French use of the word to refer to an act or work of homage, especially one work of art imitating another. The French pronunciation in English is generally restricted to this sense of the word.[3]

Homage is generally used in modern English to mean any public show of respect to someone to whom one feels indebted. In this sense, a reference within a creative work to someone who greatly influenced the artist would be homage. It is typically used to denote a reference in a work of art or literature to another, at least somewhat widely known, work. In literature and film, homage is similar to allusion, except that whereas allusion merely refers to another work, homage typically repeats a recognizable scene or stylistic element from the other work. Homage can be similar to parody, except that parody typically exaggerates characteristics of target works for comedic effect.

Homage may occasionally be perceived negatively by critics as a technique often associated with amateur creators. Use of homage may be regarded as fannish or as an excuse for lack of originality.

In modern society, homage is less accepted in the mainstream than parody, but still exists. For example, the mass video site Youtube sports many parodies, but also amateur attempts to mimic and honor popular films.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Examples:
    by an annual act of homage — O.R. Gurney
    no social ideal receives more homage than education — Bernard Wright
    the homage that vice pays to virtue — La Rochefoucauld
  2. ^ Your Dictionary
  3. ^ Wiktionary
  4. ^ For example "Once Upon a Time in the Midwest", an homage to Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

HOMAGE (from homo, through the Low Lat. hominaticum, which occurs in a document of 1035), one of the ceremonies used in the granting of a fief, and indicating the submission of a vassal to his lord. It could be received only by the suzerain in person. With head uncovered the vassal humbly requested to be allowed to enter into the feudal relation; he then laid aside his sword and spurs, ungirt his belt, and kneeling before his lord, and holding his hands extended and joined between the hands of his lord, uttered words to this effect: "I become your man from this day forth, of life and limb, and will hold faith to you for the lands I claim to hold of you." The oath of fealty, which could be received by proxy, followed the act of homage; then came the ceremony of investiture, either directly on the ground or by the delivery of a turf, a handful of earth, a stone, or some other symbolical object. Homage was done not only by the vassal to whom feudal lands were first granted but by every one in turn by whom they were inherited, since they were not granted absolutely but only on condition of military and other service. An infant might do homage, but he did not thus enter into full possession of his lands. The ceremony was of a preliminary nature, securing that the fief would not be alienated; but the vassal had to take the oath of fealty, and to be formally invested, when he reached his majority. The obligations involved in the act of homage were more general than those associated with the oath of fealty, but they provided a strong moral sanction for more specific engagements. They essentially resembled the obligations undertaken towards a Teutonic chief by the members of his "comitatus" or "gefolge," one of the institutions from which feudalism directly sprang. Besides homagium ligeum, there was a kind of homage which imposed no feudal duty; this was homagium per paragium, such as the dukes of Normandy rendered to the kings of France, and as the dukes of Normandy received from the dukes of Brittany. The act of liege homage to a particular lord did not interfere with the vassal's allegiance as a subject to his sovereign, or with his duty to any other suzerain of whom he might hold lands.

The word is also used of the body of tenants attending a manorial court, or of the court in a court baron (consisting of the tenants that do homage and make inquiries and presentments, termed a homage jury).

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