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Meaning of honorific

hon•or•if•ic

Pronunciation: (on"u-rif'ik), [key]
— adj.
  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.
—n.
  1. (in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, esp. in direct address.
  2. a title or term of respect.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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