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honorific

[on-uh-rif-ik]
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adjective
  1. Also hon·or·if·i·cal. doing or conferring honor.
  2. conveying honor, as a title or a grammatical form used in speaking to or about a superior, elder, etc.
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noun
  1. (in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
  2. a title or term of respect.
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Origin of honorific

First recorded in 1640–50, honorific is from the Latin word honōrificus honor-making. See honor, -i-, -fic
Related formshon·or·if·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for honorific

style, moniker, pseudonym, designation, epithet, brand, cognomen, appellation, label, appellative, tag, term, tab, handle, denomination, sobriquet, honorific, nomen

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British Dictionary definitions for honorific

honorific

adjective
  1. showing or conferring honour or respect
    1. (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status
    2. (as noun)a Japanese honorific
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Derived Formshonorifically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for honorific

adj.

1640s, from Latin honorificus "that which does honor," from honorem (see honor (n.)) + -ficus "making," from stem of facere "make, do" (see factitious). As a noun, by 1867.

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