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be honor-bound

To be or 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. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I am honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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may be best known for his roles as a high-energy football player, dedicated lawyer, or honor-bound solider.
Honor-bound "to the concept of duty, that sacrifice for the good of others is not only laudable, but expected, especially when it comes to family," he is determined to see that justice is again served, even after his investigation soon reveals that some very important people are involved, to his, and his family's, peril.
Under Afghan tribal tradition, when women appeal for peace, men are honor-bound to listen.
So, I feel honor-bound to remind you that, in the absence of continued leadership in education, others will step in.
Our leaders are honor-bound to support those who suffer from PTSD.
As a card-carrying chocoholic, I felt honor-bound to my readers to find an answer.
For example, the senior intelligence official pointed out, some documents describe in detail rapes and other abuses committed by Saddam's regime -- details that could still haunt living victims in such an honor-bound society as Iraq.
Although project leaders are honor-bound to behave according to the agency standards of conduct, experience has shown that it is best for upper management to verify as well as to trust.
Perlimplin exits, telling her he is honor-bound to kill the would-be lover.
2) In A Red Death Mosley nuances conventions of the hard-boiled private eye genre to the milieu of an urban black protagonist and adheres to the genre's tradition of inner-directed honor-bound heroism.
Hector introduces her to horses; she loves Andromache and Cassandra; and although her loyalties first go to Menelaus and his little son, she also feels honor-bound to do nothing to betray Troy.
It has been said that we in the film industry are honor-bound to go along with this ban,'' they wrote.
White writers don't have a sense of duty, and are not honor-bound to show African Americans in all their true brilliance, wit and insight.
Fabrizio (himself married with children) argued that cavalieri s hould not fight over a whore (the puttana Chiara), and that Mariotro was honor-bound instead to persuade Lanfredino to separate from her.
presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland at the end of June, the two leaders talked about the 1952 film, comparing themselves to the lone, stoic and honor-bound marshal played by Cooper.