/ɒnəˈrɪfɪk / (say onuh'rifik)

adjective Also, honorifical.
1. doing or conferring honour.
2. having the quality of an honorific.
3. (in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) any of a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
4. a title or term of respect, as Doctor, Professor, Rt Hon.
{Latin honōrificus. See honour (noun) -i-1, and -fic}
honorifically, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • honorific — UK [ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk] / US [ˌɑnəˈrɪfɪk] noun [countable] Word forms honorific : singular honorific plural honorifics a title given to someone as a formal way of showing respect for the position that they hold Derived word: honorific UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

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