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honorific

[on-uh-rif-ik] /ˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk/
adjective
1.
Also, honorifical. doing or conferring honor.
2.
conveying honor, as a title or a grammatical form used in speaking to or about a superior, elder, etc.
noun
3.
(in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
4.
a title or term of respect.
Origin of honorific
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin honōrificus honor-making. See honor, -i-, -fic
Related forms
honorifically, adverb
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honorific

/ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
showing or conferring honour or respect
2.
  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
Derived Forms
honorifically, 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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