Are honorifics things you add to a word/sentence to raise the level of politeness/respect?
Or are honorifics different levels of politeness/respect of words/sentences?
Or do you add things to a word/sentence to make it honorific?
I understand how “honorifics” work, but the precise name/description of this grammatical principle has been very unclear to me in my studies. Different credible resources seem to use different meanings and as different parts of speech. (Ex: Chapters in books called “Honorifics”, but highly upvoted posts here saying a sentence is in the past tense and “honorific”.)