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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɒn.əˌɹɪf.ɪ.kəˌbɪl.ɪˌt(j)uː.dɪ.nɪˈteɪ.tɪ.bəs/, /-ˈtæ-/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɑn.əˌɹɪf.ɪ.kəˌbɪl.əˌt(j)u.dɪ.nɪˈteɪ.tɪ.bəs/, /-ˈtæ-/, [-ɾɪ-]
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- Hyphenation: hon‧or‧if‧ic‧a‧bil‧i‧tu‧din‧it‧a‧ti‧bus
- The state of being able to achieve honours; honourableness.
- Synonym: honorificabilitudinity
- 1599, [Thomas] Nashe, Nashes Lenten Stuffe, […], London: […] [Thomas Judson and Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and C[uthbert] B[urby] […], OCLC 228714942, page 24:
- Phyſitions deafen our eares with the Honorificabilitudinitatibus of their heauenly Panachæa their ſoueraigne Guiacum, their gliſters, their triacles, their mithridates of fortie ſeuerall poyſons compacted, their bitter Rubarbe, and tortuting Stibium.
- 1616–1619 (first performance), John Fletcher, “The Mad Lover”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972, Act I, scene i, page 3, column 2:
- Novv the Drums doubbes & the ſticks turn'd bed-ſtaves, / All the old Foxes hunted to their holes, / The Iron age return'd to Eribus, / And Honorificabilitudinitatibus / Thruſt out o'th' Kingdome by the head and ſhoulders, / VVhat trade doe you meane to follovv.
- 1688, [George Tullie], An Answer to a Discourse Concerning the Celibacy of the Clergy, Printed at Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [A]t the Theater, for Richard Chiswell […], OCLC 636029158, page 28:
- 1858 September 18, “Calling Bad Names”, in Charles Dickens, editor, Household Words. A Weekly Journal, volume XVIII, number 443, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], OCLC 1024146410, page 333, column 1:
- He who by the seashore makes friends with the sea-nettles, is introduced to them by the scientific master of ceremonies as the Physsophoridæ and Hippopodydæ. Creatures weak, delicate and beautiful, are Desmidiaceæ, Chætopterina, and Amphinomaceæ, Pyenogonida, Teuthredineta, Twentysyllableorfeeta, and all for the honour of science; or rather, not for its honour; but for its honorificabilitudinitatibus.
- Used as a person's title or the name of a thing meaning "honourable one", or simply as a very long word to indicate prolixity.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), W. Shakespere [i.e., William Shakespeare], A Pleasant Conceited Comedie Called, Loues Labors Lost. […] (First Quarto), London: […] W[illiam] W[hite] for Cut[h]bert Burby, published 1598, OCLC 61366361; republished as Shakspere’s Loves Labours Lost (Shakspere-Quarto Facsimiles; no. 5), London: W[illiam] Griggs, […], , OCLC 1154977408, [Act V, scene i]:
- Clow[ne]. O they haue lyud long on the almſbaſket of vvordes. I maruaile thy M[aster] hath not eaten thee for a vvorde, for thou art not ſo long by the head as honorificabilitudinitatibus: Thou art eaſier ſvvallovved then a flapdragon.
- [1622, John Taylor, “To the (Sir Reverence) Right Worshipped Mr. Trim Tram Senseless, […]”, in Sir Gregory Nonsence His Newes from No Place. […], published 1700; republished in Charles Hindley, editor, The Old Book Collector’s Miscellany: Or, A Collection of Readable Reprints of Literary Rarities, […], volume III, London: Reeves and Turner, […], 1873, OCLC 1006169080, page i:
- Most Honorificicabilitudinitatibus, I having studied the seven Lub berly sciences (being nine by computation) out of which I gathered three conjunctions four mile Ass-under, which with much labour, and great ease, to little or no purpose, I have noddicated to your gray, grave, and gravelled Prate ection.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483, part II [Odyssey], page 201:
- Like John O’ Gaunt his name is dear to him, as dear as the coat of arms he toadied for, on a bend sable a spear or steeled argent, honorificabilitudinitatibus, dearer than his glory of greatest shakescene in the country.
- 1963, James Baker Hall, Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings, Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, published 2002, →ISBN:
- When he bounded out of the darkroom in the long apron, squinting first at Jane and then at his father, it was an antidisestablishmentarian break; or a honorificabilitudinitatibus break; or a parking meter break; or a first-fifteen-Presidents-of-the-United-States-and-their-Secretaries-of-States break (it was the Secretaries that made that one—a lot of people knew the V.P.s); or a major-league-record-for-stolen-bases, time's up, Ty Cobb, ninety-six, break.
- 1964 May 4, Richard Bentley, “Editor’s Correspondence [Letter to Whitney North Seymour]”, in Richard Bentley, editor, American Bar Association Journal, volume 50, number 7, Chicago, Ill.: American Bar Association, published July 1964, ISSN 0747-0088, OCLC 12253250, page 647, column 1:
- Arthur Goodhart dropped in at the Journal office the other morning and told me of the signal honor you have received in being chosen an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. He tells me that the selection of a practicing lawyer, especially one not resident in England, is a notable departure from custom and as such, would qualify you for the title "Honorificabilitudinitatibus"! Many congratulations!
state of being able to achieve honours — See also translations at honorableness
used as a person’s title or the name of a thing meaning “honourable one”, or simply as a very long word to indicate prolixity
The word is said to be the longest word in Shakespeare’s works, and the longest word in the English language which has alternating consonants and vowels.
- honorificabilitudinitatibus on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- James Hutton (June 1931), “Honorificabilitudinitatibus”, in The Modern Language Review, volume 46, issue 6, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: Modern Humanities Research Association, ISSN 0026-7937, OCLC 803462593, pages 392–395.
- Michael Quinion (created 15 June 2002, last updated 16 April 2011), “Honorificabilitudinitatibus”, in World Wide Words.
- “Honorificabilitudinitatibus”, in Oxford Reference, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, accessed 13 October 2021, archived from the original on 13 October 2021.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ho.noː.ri.fi.kaː.bi.li.tuː.di.niˈtaː.ti.bus/, [hɔnoːrɪfɪkäːbɪlʲɪt̪uːd̪ɪnɪˈt̪äːt̪ɪbʊs̠]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /o.no.ri.fi.ka.bi.li.tu.di.niˈta.ti.bus/, [onorifikäbilit̪ud̪iniˈt̪äːt̪ibus]