honorific

[on-uh-rif-ik]
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:
1640–50; < Latin honōrificus honor-making. See honor, -i-, -fic

honorifically, adverb
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honorific (ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk)
 
adj
1.  showing or conferring honour or respect
2.  a.  (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status
 b.  (as noun): a Japanese honorific
 
honor'ifically
 
adv

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honorific

a grammatical form used in speaking to a social superior. In English it has largely disappeared, retained only in the use of the third person when speaking to someone clearly superior in rank ("Does your highness wish it?"). In other Indo-European languages it has a vestigial form in the degree of formality attached to the use of second-person pronouns: e.g., in German Sie ("you") rather than the familiar du ("you," or "thou").

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Example sentences
The salary for the largely honorific president is to be more than halved.
He says it with affection, an honorific won from my ability to make his phone read his e-mail.
It has encouraged the perception that his presence in government is purely honorific.
The position of elector is largely honorific, often a reward for past service to the political party.
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