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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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin honōrificus honor-making. See honor, -i-, -fic
Related forms
honorifically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for honorifics

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 honorifics

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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Encyclopedia Article for honorifics

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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