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honor +‎ -ific

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honorific (plural honorifics)

  1. A person's title, such as "Mrs" or "Doctor".
  2. A term of respect; respectful language.
  3. (linguistics) A word or word form expressing the speaker's respect for the hearer or the referent.
    Coordinate term: humilific

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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, 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, page 143:
      In the honorific cultural process, individuals (especially men) are extremely sensitive to real or perceived insults, and []

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