What does honorific mean?

Definitions for honorificˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word honorific.

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

  2. Origin: [See Honor, -fy, and -ic.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of honorific in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of honorific in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. His Majesty:

    I thought it was definitely fitting to point out how absurd this new policy is by choosing ‘His Majesty,’ it’s a recognized honorific and it is definitely absurd for anybody to be called ‘His Majesty’ in America.

Images & Illustrations of honorific

  1. honorifichonorifichonorific

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