Definitions for honorificˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hon•or•if•icˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk(adj.)

  1. doing or conferring honor.

  2. conveying honor, as a title or a grammatical form used in speaking to or about a superior, elder, etc.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. (n.)(in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, esp. in direct address.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  4. a title or term of respect.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of honorific:

1640–50; < L honōrificus. See honor , -i -, -fic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. honorific(adj)

    an expression of respect

    "the Japanese use many honorifics"

  2. honorific(adj)

    conferring or showing honor or respect

    "honorific social status commonly attaches to membership in a recognized profession"


  1. honorific(Noun)

    A title. (i.e., Mister, Misses, Doctor, Professor)

  2. honorific(Noun)

    A term of respect; respectful language.

  3. honorific(Adjective)

    Showing or conferring honour and respect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honorific(adj)

    conferring honor; tending to honor


  1. Honorific

    An honorific title is a word or expression with connotations conveying esteem or respect when used in addressing or referring to a person. Sometimes, the term "honorific" is used in a more specific sense to refer to an honorary academic title. It is also often conflated with systems of honorific speech in linguistics, which are grammatical or morphological ways of encoding the relative social status of speakers. Typically, honorifics are used as a style in the grammatical third person, and as a form of address in the second person. Use in the first person, by the honoured dignitary, is uncommon. Some languages have anti-honorific first person forms whose effect is to enhance the relative honor accorded to the person addressed.


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