bounden duty


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bounden duty

old-fashioned Some duty or task one feels obligated to perform or undertake. She considered it her bounden duty to expose the corruption in her company. The president said in his address that the country has a bounden duty to help other nations in need.
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a bounden duty

a responsibility regarded by yourself or others as obligatory.
Bounden as the past participle of bind is now archaic in all contexts and is seldom found except in this phrase.
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bounden duty

A firm obligation. The adjective bounden, which survives only in this cliché, means being indebted to someone. The term dates from the early 1500s and appears in the Book of Common Prayer: “We beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service.” See also duty bound.
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I also warned the President, "Every life is valuable and it is your bounden duty to save the innocent people at any cost.
As we celebrate the gaining of independence, today, we recognize our bounden duty to give all honor and respect to the members of the security forces who made great sacrifices to protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity in the battle against terrorism.
He said that peace was our national and global need and hence it was urgency of the hour to maintain mutual harmony and fraternity among the Muslims especially during the holy month of Muharram adding that it was the bounden duty of every Muslim all and sundry to adhere to the true philosophy of Islam.
Though the greatest challenge lies in apprehending the accused, Sethi states that it is her bounden duty to protect the city women against sexual and other heinous crimes.
It may not have been the most efficient system but it worked and its bounden duty was to serve the national interest, not profiteering shareholders.
Of course speed restrictions are tiresome, but they are there to prevent these sort of things from happening and it is the bounden duty of all responsible adults to obey them.
According to the Foreign Minister, Egypt feels his bounden duty to help the Palestinian people and support Palestine in the way of membership in the UN.
It is the bounden duty of government to provide basic necessities of life for those citizens who are permanently or temporarily not able to earn their livelihood owing to debility, illness or unemployment.
It is our bounden duty to keep our environment tidy and ensure we don't pollute it.
He declared that the question was well worth consideration to supply the need for a public park for ''the health and amusement of the multitude of toiling men, without whose presence and exertions no town can be either great or prosperous and for whose moral and physical health it is the bounden duty as well as the interest of the governing classes, and the men of leisure and refreshment to provide''.
It becomes his bounden duty then to protect the past and forward the lessons from it to the future.
Even so, the editors offer a suitable homage au maitre by taking seriously his main precept--the historian's bounden duty to address his subjects by "seeing things their way"--while also placing a corrective lens on the curious astigmatism that impaired his own otherwise magisterial vision.
We are thrilled to be a part of this boom, there is so much of work and enthusiasm everywhere -- the expansion of Sparklet today is not a choice anymore but a bounden duty."
But it is my bounden duty up to my last breath to try to protect India and the entire world from such a doom.