- (in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
- a title or term of respect.
Origin of honorific
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Examples from the Web for honorific
The meaning of this title may have been honorific, but it is also striking.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots
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She does not carry the honorific title HRH as she is descended through the female line.Zara Phillips Gives Birth To A Baby Girl
January 17, 2014
The diplomas now issued to students in Law and Medicine are only honorific.The Philippine Islands
Not only is the honorific awarded to him, but is to be used by all his sons and by their sons.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
Here was a suitable moment for the use of the honorific she felt.The Career of Katherine Bush
Presumably this plural is honorific for the Honoured Mother Mhm.
Honoured, in this sentence, represents Bburs honorific plural.
- showing or conferring honour or respect
- (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status
- (as noun)a Japanese honorific
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Word Origin and History for honorific
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