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Conferring or showing respect or honor.
A title, phrase, or grammatical form conveying respect, used especially when addressing a social superior.

[Latin honōrificus : honor, honōr-, honor + -ficus, -fic.]

hon′or·if′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk) or


1. showing or conferring honour or respect
2. (Linguistics)
a. (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status
b. (as noun): a Japanese honorific.
ˌhonorˈifically adv
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(ˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk)

1. doing or conferring honor.
2. conveying honor, as a title or a grammatical form used in speaking to or about a superior, elder, etc.
3. (in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, esp. in direct address.
4. a title or term of respect.
[1640–50; < Latin honōrificus. See honor, -i-, -fic]
hon`or•if′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honorific - an expression of respect; "the Japanese use many honorifics"
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
Adj.1.honorific - conferring or showing honor or respect; "honorific social status commonly attaches to membership in a recognized profession"
respectful - full of or exhibiting respect; "respectful behavior"; "a respectful glance"
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A. ADJhonorífico
B. Ntítulo m honorífico
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[ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk] adj [title, position] → honorifiquehonor roll n (US) (at school)liste f des meilleurs élèveshonors degree n (US)licence f avec mentionhonor society n (US)club m des meilleurs élèves
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One Islamic text book in English notes in the beginning: 'After using the name of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims should write or say the honorific phrase, Sall-Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam Sall-Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam...Due to limited space this honorific phrase has been omitted..
Known by the honorific title, Malika-e-Tarannum, (the Queen of Melody), Noor Jahan was not only a playback singer but a graceful actress who worked in Indo- Pak film industries for over half a century.
However, a survey of the literature shows the term imam can also be an honorific for eminent scholars of Islam, or leaders of Muslim communities or villages.
Madam Noor Jehan also known by honorific title Malika-e-Tarannum, the Queen of melody, was playback singer and actress who worked first in British India and then in Pakistan.
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Pope John Paul II had also opened another category for Catholics and other Christians who wish to elevate their dear departed to a rung considered to be just three steps lower than that of the saint: the honorific martyr (above whom is the official martyr, the blessed and the saint).