[duh-vwahr, dev-wahr; French duh-vwar]
- an act of civility or respect.
- devoirs, respects or compliments.
- something for which a person is responsible; duty.
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 Wordsduty, task, business, office, assignment, work, project, thing, role, action, responsibility, operation, effort, stint, care, precondition, requisite, prerequisite, use, right
Examples from the Web for devoirs
No, no, it was not thus your own brave countrymen understood their 'devoirs.'The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
Nature is the last goddess to whom my devoirs shall be paid.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
George Otto Trevelyan
How could any bow pay its devoirs distinctly to thirty-five strings?The Violin
It was my intention to pay my devoirs at Versailles tomorrow.
Think you, Madame, that I could remain long in Paris and fail to pay you my devoirs?Francezka
Molly Elliot Seawell
- (sometimes singular) compliments or respects; courteous attentions
C13: from Old French: duty, from devoir to be obliged to, owe, from Latin dēbēre; see debt
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