be honor-bound to do (something)

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be honor-bound to do (something)

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. Primarily heard in US. 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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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.
These issues were voted into being by the voters of the state, and as governor he was honor-bound to uphold these laws.
Nuccio contends that he was honor-bound to stop the CIA from covering up a terrible truth.
Photo: Richard Nuccio says he was honor-bound to stop the CIA from covering up a terrible truth.