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.
See also: bounden, duty

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.
See also: bounden, duty
References in classic literature ?
'It would be my duty, if he came in my way, to deliver him up to justice,' said Ralph, 'my bounden duty; I should have no other course, as a man of the world and a man of business, to pursue.
"Let her be who she may," replied Don Quixote, "I will do what is my bounden duty, and what my conscience bids me, in conformity with what I have professed;" and turning to the damsel he said, "Let your great beauty rise, for I grant the boon which you would ask of me."
Why, he'll say, 'It's a great pity, but my church matters has got to get along the best way they can; for my niece has been exposed to the dreadful pluribus-unum mumps, and so it's my bounden duty to set down here and wait the three months it takes to show on her if she's got it.' But never mind, if you think it's best to tell your uncle Harvey --"
'It is my bounden duty to restore respect and dignity of the Police Force comprising 200,000 personnel in the province.
'I do not regret such decision as it was my bounden duty and responsibility to protect the well-being of the city residents,' he said.
It is my bounden duty to point out that due to the decisions taken in the self-interest of those belonging to the top LTTE hierarchy; all who were in the organization have been affected both economically and psychologically.
But it is my bounden duty up to my last breath to try to protect India and the entire world from such a doom.
In Rome you do as the Romans do' this is France, it belongs to the French and I consider it meet right and my bounden duty to try to fit in with their way of life.
In Rome you do as the Romans do; this is France, it belongs to the French and I consider it meet right and my bounden duty to try to fit in with their way of life.