What’s the Difference Between Omage vs Homage Pronunciation

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In English, there are different words which are written almost the same. So, some learners may be a little bit confused when they have to pronounce it whether it is pronounced similarly or not. For example, the word ‘omage’ and ‘homage’. Some learners may be confused whether it is pronounced the same or not since it is written almost the same and if it is pronounced differently, what is the difference?

Pronouncing Omage vs Homage

According to the Merriam-Webster site, the word ‘homage’ is pronounced ä-mij which means that the ‘h’ is not pronounced the same as ‘h’ in hour. According to Google Translate, the word ‘homage’ is also pronounced (h)ämij. In News Daily Times, it is explained that in English there are words which are started with ‘h’ but spoken without ‘h’ such as honestly, honorary, homage and many more.

And now, how about pronouncing ‘omage’? In English, the word ‘omage’ does not exist. If you find this word in an English text, it may be misspelled. So, there is no way to pronounce ‘omage’ since this word does not ‘exist’. Even if you search ‘omage’ in a dictionary such as Google Translate, it will inform you that this word is French and if you search ‘omage’ in Merriam-Webster, it will inform you that the word is not in the dictionary.

What's the Difference Between Omage vs Homage Pronunciation

Definition of Homage

Now, after you know how to pronounce homage correctly, let’s find out the definition of this word. According to the Merriam-Webster, here is the list of the definitions of ‘Homage’.

  1. A : a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lord.
    B : the relationship between a feudal lord and his vassal.
    C : an act done or payment made in meeting the obligations due from a vassal to a feudal lord
  2. A : expression of high regard : RESPECT
    For example: bowed in homage to the king
    -often used with pay
    For example: Her work pays homage to women artists of the past
    B : something that shows respect or attests to the worth or influence of another: TRIBUTE
    For example: his long life filled with international homages to his unique musical talent
    -people

Examples of Using ‘Homage’ In Sentences

According to Merriam-Webster, here are some examples of using ‘homage’ in sentences.

  • The book is a deeply personal homage to her favorite city.
  • The poem is a moving homage to all who have served in our nation’s armed services.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary site, here are the other examples of using ‘homage’ in sentences.

  • The song is a pretty cheesy – and addictive — homage to the receptacle.
    From NPR
  • If you are putting together a hobbit homage menu, there are many sites offering inspiration.
    From NPR
  • It is an homage in a very genuine, honorable way of the word.
    From A.V. Club
  • It was our little homage to the most important shark filmmaker ever.
    From Hollywood Reporter
  • Just a quiet meditation from the dawn or the dusk – an homage to the power of friendship and the beauty it inspires.
    From NPR
  • I pay homage for putting your name on this blog whilst pseudo names are used to negatively criticize you.
    From Fast Company
  • Sometimes there’s a fine line between homage and littering.
    From Los Angeles Times
  • And how many ‘80s homages can you have before things feel stale?
    From Gizmodo
  • While the summer liturgy is a spirited homage to the town’s past, it is fleeting.
    From TIME
  • There were a few fun homages to the original series, including hints of the famed theme.
    From Hollywood Reporter
  • It was done completely as an homage to the guy.
    From Hollywood Reporter

Synonyms for Homage

According to The Saurus site, here is the list of synonyms for ‘homage’.

Allegiance

Deference

Loyalty

Reverence

Tribute

Adoration

Adulation

Awe

Duty

Esteem

Faithfulness

Fealty

Fidelity

Genuflection

Honor

Kneeling

Obeisance

Praise

Respect

Service

Worship

According to the Merriam-Webster, here are the synonyms for homage: citation, accolade, commendation, encomium, dithyramb, eulogium, hymn, eulogy, paean, panegyric, salutation, tribute.

Antonyms for Homage

And here are the antonyms for ‘homage’ according to The Saurus site.

Disloyalty

Disregard

Censure

Condemnation

Criticism

Dishonor

Disrespect

Faithlessness

Inconstancy

Treachery

Scorn

Phrases with ‘Homage’

Here are some phrases containing ‘homage’ according to the Merriam-Webster site.

  • Pay homage to
  • In homage to
  • Pay tribute/homage to

Some Other English Words Starting From ‘H’ But Pronounced Without ‘H’

Besides ‘Homage’, there are other English words which are started with ‘H’ but pronounced without ‘H’. Some of them are listed below.

  • Hour
  • Honest
  • Honor
  • Heir

And here are some meanings of the words listed above according to the Merriam-Webster.

  • Hour
    • A time or office for daily liturgical devotion
    • The 24th part of a day : 60 minutes
    • The time of day reckoned in two 12-hour period
    • A customary or particular time
      For example: lunch hour, in our hour of need
    • An angular unit of right ascension equal to 15 degrees measured along the celestial equator
    • The work done or distance travelled at normal rate in an hour
      For example: The city was two hours away
  • Honest
    • Free from fraud or deception : Legitimate, Truthful
      For example: an honest plea, an honest presentation of facts
    • Genuine, real
      For example: making honest stops at stop signs (Christian Science Monitor)
    • Humble, Plain
      For example: good honest food
    • Reputable, respectable
      For example: honest decent people
    • Chiefly British: Good, Worthy
      For example: an honest fellow
    • Worthy of praise
      For example: an honest day’s work
      Honest merchants
  • Honor
    • Good name or public esteem: Reputation
    • A showing of usually merited respect: Recognition
      For example: pay honor to our founder
    • Privilege
      For example: had the honor of joining the captain for dinner
    • A person of superior standing -now used especially as a title for a holder of high office
      For example: If Your Honor please
    • One whose worth brings respect or fame : Credit
      For example: an honor to the profession.
  • Heir
    • One who receives property from an ancestor: one who is entitled to inherit property
      For example: was her father’s sole heir
    • One who inherits or is entitled to succeed to a hereditary rank, title, or office
      For example: heir to the throne
    • One who receives or is entitled to receive something other than property from a parent or predecessor
      For example: saw himself as the logical heir to the slain dictator

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