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Origin of honorific
OTHER WORDS FROM honorifichon·or·if·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby honorific
Example sentences 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|Candida Moss|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She does not carry the honorific title HRH as she is descended through the female line.
In order to completeness and full acceptability to the consumer it must also show the honorific element.
The honorific prefix "Sir" may in that case refer to clerkly qualities rather than to knighthood.More English Fairy Tales|Various
Beyond this, the race-horse proper has also a similarly non-industrial but honorific use as a gambling instrument.
The Fishermen speak in elaborately deferential and honorific language.The N Plays of Japan|Arthur Waley
No novelist is a Privy Councillor, though the position is honorific and demands no special knowledge.A Novelist on Novels|W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for honorific
- (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