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devoir

[ duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar ]
/ dəˈvwɑr, ˈdɛv wɑr; French dəˈvwar /
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noun, plural de·voirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar]. /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛv wɑrz; French dəˈvwar/.
an act of civility or respect.
devoirs, respects or compliments: to pay devoirs to rank and celebrity.
something for which a person is responsible; duty.
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Origin of devoir

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever, from Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever ), from Latin dēbēre “to owe”; cf. debt
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