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Dative and ablative plural of Medieval Latin honorificabilitudinitas, from Latin honor and habilitās


honorificabilitudinitatibus ‎(uncountable)

  1. the state of being able to achieve honors
  2. (figuratively) a sesquipedalian word; verbal prolixity
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost:
      O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words. I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word; for thou art not so long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.
    • 1599, Thomas Nashe, Lenten Stuffe:
      Physitions deafen our eares with the Honorificabilitudinitatibus of their heauenly Panachea, their soueraine Ginacum.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      Like John o'Gaunt his name is dear to him, as dear as the coat and crest he toadied for, on a bend of sable a spear or steeled argent, honorificabilitudinitatibus, dearer than his glory of greatest shakescene in the country.