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A title of honor or honorary title is a title bestowed upon individuals or organizations as an award in recognition of their merits. Sometimes the title bears the same or nearly the same name as a title of authority, but the person bestowed does not have to carry out any duties, except for ceremonial ones. In some cases, these titles are bestowed posthumously. Some examples of honorary titles from various areas are: * AcademicianHonorary title (academic) * Fellow of an academic, artistic, or professional society * Freeman of the City of London * Hero of the Russian Federation * Honorary Colonel * Honorary degree or position, such as honorary Professor * Knight, Dame, or Companion of an honorific order * New Knowledge Worker of Korea * People's Artist * Honorary counselors (''neuvos'') in Finland, such as valtioneuvos (Counselor of State) and vuorineuvos (Counselor of Mining) Some historical honorary titles may be bought, like certain titles of
nobility Nobility is a social class found in many societies that have an aristocracy (class), aristocracy. It is normally ranked immediately below Royal family, royalty. Nobility has often been an Estates of the realm, estate of the realm with many e ...
. This has long been a matter of fraud, both outright and indirect. Honorary titles also serve as positions of sinecure and honorary retirement.


See also

* Honorary citizenship * Agnomen, part of the Roman naming convention * Courtesy title, a form of address in systems of nobility used by children, former wives and other close relatives of a peer * False titles of nobility * Hereditary titles * Honorary title (academic) * Honorary titles in Russia * Honorific * Laqab, part of a traditional Arabic name * List of titles * Royal and noble styles * Style (manner of address) * Victory title, honorific title adopted by a successful military commander to commemorate a victory


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