honorific

adjective
hon·​or·​if·​ic | \ ˌä-nə-ˈri-fik How to pronounce honorific (audio) \

Definition of honorific

1 : conferring or conveying honor honorific titles
2 : belonging to or constituting a class of grammatical forms used in speaking to or about a social superior

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Other Words from honorific

honorific noun
honorifically \ ˌä-​nə-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce honorifically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of honorific in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a protein source contains an adequate supply of all nine essential amino acids, it’s dubbed with the honorific title of complete protein. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Does It Make a Difference if You Get Your Protein from Plants or Animals?," 28 Aug. 2019 The honorific title has little legal weight other than to commemorate its architectural significance, said Jay Correia, the coordinator for the national register program in California. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "BART’s ‘crowning jewel’ is up for historic recognition, leaving some riders puzzled," 24 July 2019 Geraldine Ferraro was running for Vice President, and the Times’ inviolable house style insisted on an honorific. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture," 15 Aug. 2019 The latter, in the World Cup context, is an honorific, not a fault. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Clarke: “Equal pay!” chant stands out after U.S. Women’s World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 The New York Times reports that the Queen was ready to allow Diana to keep the honorific, but Charles was especially keen on her giving it up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana's Complicated Relationship," 24 June 2019 The New York Times reports that the Queen was ready to allow Diana to keep the honorific, but Charles was especially keen on her giving it up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana's Complicated Relationship," 24 June 2019 It’s used sometimes as an honorific, to praise directors with a strong artistic mark, and sometimes merely as a description, to suggest that directors bear the ultimate responsibility for a movie’s quality (or lack of it). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Truffaut Essays That Clear Up Misguided Notions of Auteurism," 8 June 2019 Then proceed to use it, honorific followed by surname, just as frequently as the other person does. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: We stayed in their house, and the rules were insane," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of honorific

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honorific was in 1650

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honorific

adjective
How to pronounce honorific (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of honorific

: giving or expressing honor or respect

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