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.
See also: feel, to
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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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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.
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