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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And, like Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the domestic monarchs of Downton Abbey have felt honor-bound to preserve and protect their institution's sacred traditions; they resist new technologies, ideas, and movements; they chastise those in their households who wish to embrace the rising tide of modernity through science, democracy, tolerance, and especially feminism.
As a card-carrying chocoholic, I felt honor-bound to my readers to find an answer.
We felt honor-bound to mirror the developing rifts in the New York art world.