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Definition of "honorific" []

  • Conferring or showing respect or honor. (adjective)
  • A title, phrase, or grammatical form conveying respect, used especially when addressing a social superior. (noun)
  • Showing or conferring honour or respect (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status (adjective)
  • (as noun) (adjective)

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Use "honorific" in a sentence
  • "I'm all for hanging Bush by his toenails (figuratively of course) but for a member of Congress to explicitly elide the honorific is a breach of decorum."
  • "The installation of so-called honorific seats, places reserved especially for the highest elite, were a common feature in theaters."
  • "Quoting sources in North Korea, the exile radio station said North Koreans now call leader Kim Jong-il simply by his name without using any honorific, which is unprecedented in the North."