feel honor-bound to (do something)

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feel honor-bound to (do something)

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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be/feel duty/honour ˈbound to do something

(British English) (American English be/feel duty/honor ˈbound to do something) (formal) feel that you must do something because of your sense of moral duty: She felt honour bound to attend as she had promised to.Most people think that children are duty bound to look after their parents when they are old.
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Here too, in standing four-square in his outsider's outlook, he insists that there is an American Jewish historical "establishment" that is intent on glorifying that community's "success story," a position that the contrarian feels honor bound to contradict.
Elinor soon discovers why her suitor, Edward Ferrars, has left her: he has been secretly engaged to Lucy Steele for four years, and, while he regrets the connection now, he feels honor bound to marry her.