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honorific (plural honorifics)

  1. A title. (e.g., Mister, Misses, Doctor, Professor)
  2. A term of respect; respectful language.
  3. (linguistics) A word or word form expressing speaker's respect for the hearer or the referent.



honorific (comparative more honorific, superlative most honorific)

  1. Showing or conferring honour and respect.
    • 1996, T. P. Wiseman, “The Minucii and Their Monument”, in Jerzy Linderski (editor), Imperium Sine Fine: T. Robert S. Broughton and the Roman Republic, Franz Steiner Verlag, ISBN 978-3-515-06948-9, page 59:
      According to Pliny, the custom of setting up honorific statues on columns was a comparably ancient one.
  2. Based on or valuing honor
    • 2010, Orlando Patterson, “The mechanisms of cultural reproduction: explaining the puzzle of persistence”, in John R. Hall et al. (editors), Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 978-0-415-47445-0, page 143:
      In the honorific cultural process, individuals (especially men) are extremely sensitive to real or perceived insults, and []

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