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devoir

[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]
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noun, plural de·voirs [duh-vwahrz, dev-wahrz; French duh-vwar] /dəˈvwɑrz, ˈdɛv wɑrz; French dəˈvwar/.
  1. an act of civility or respect.
  2. devoirs, respects or compliments.
  3. something for which a person is responsible; duty.
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Origin of devoir

1250–1300; Middle English devoir, deveir, dever < Old French devoir (Anglo-French deveir, dever) < Latin dēbēre to owe; cf. debt
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Related Words

duty, task, business, office, assignment, work, project, thing, role, action, responsibility, operation, effort, stint, care, precondition, requisite, prerequisite, use, right

Examples from the Web for devoir

Historical Examples

  • She will, once more, have nothing to do with the words dois and devoir.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1

    George Saintsbury

  • I will do my devoir to our young queen, and must then proceed on my journey to find the admiral.

    Villegagnon

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “As a loyal Scot you are bound to pay your devoir to her Majesty,” she said.

    Villegagnon

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But he answered that he was all ready thereto, and should do his devoir to the uttermost of his power.

    The Sundering Flood

    William Morris

  • When these ceremonies were done, the marshals of the field bade them do their devoir.

    Children's Literature

    Charles Madison Curry