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bounden

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bounden morally obligatory "my bounden duty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bounden Bound; fastened by bonds.
    • Bounden Made obligatory; imposed as a duty; binding. "I am much bounden to your majesty."
    • Bounden Under obligation; bound by some favor rendered; obliged; beholden. "This holy word, that teacheth us truly our bounden duty toward our Lord God in every point."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bounden Obliged; bound, or under obligation; beholden.
    • bounden Appointed; indispensable; obligatory.
    • bounden [In both senses archaic, its only present common use being in the phrase bounden duty.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bounden bownd′n binding: required: obligatory.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Old. p. p. of bind,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Bind.

Usage

In literature:

She may have considered it her bounden duty only.
"Life and sport in China" by Oliver G. Ready
Ye are bounden to him for the element of the air which he has deputed to you forever-more.
"The Children's Book of Celebrated Pictures" by Lorinda Munson Bryant
He had indeed long been feeling that it was his bounden duty to follow that path in life which his genius indicated.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Emily Varnier, doubtless, possessed that ring, to gain possession of which now seemed his bounden duty.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
Give it me back, I pray: I am too much bounden to so rich a fountain of tears.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
I'll really adopt you now, instead of merely doing my bounden duty.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
So Nello resolved to play his part, the part that it was his bounden duty to play.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
You declared it to be the bounden duty of the country to thrust it from power.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
I am much bounden to you.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
Farmers on the coast opposite France are not so firmly bounden as those in the interior.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
In fact, it is my bounden duty to spend it.
"Avarice-Anger:" by Eugène Sue
It is my bounden duty to tell you all now, commander, and I shall not fail to do it.
"Pride" by Eugène Sue
How bounden I shall be to you!
"The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden" by Eugène Sue
Now that she felt she was his fiancee, and her future was his, this was her bounden duty.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The man who writes the head-lines believes it is his bounden duty to accentuate any and everything pertaining to the stage.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
Why did you not stay with her, as was your bounden duty?
"Saint Michael" by E. Werner
It is their bounden duty, on the contrary, to protest against such a theory.
"The Bridling of Pegasus" by Alfred Austin
Sometimes he roused himself to feel that it was his bounden duty to do something to reinstate his son in his rights.
"'Gloria Victis!'" by Ossip Schubin
De low rapscallion said he was bounden shore dat you was one of 'em.
"The Hills of Refuge" by Will N. Harben
And if it be his duty to obey, still more is obedience the bounden duty of his subordinates.
"Congressional Government" by Woodrow Wilson
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In poetry:

Unto the blessed Three-in-one,
The Father — Holy Ghost — and Son,
Let us our bounden duty pay
Each hour, each moment, of the day.
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
Then let us praise Him, both by night and day,
And never fail our bounden thanks to pay,
For the vast love and mercy He did show,
When to redeem us, He did stoop so low.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard
Christ, even barley bread wou'd never eat,
Much less more delicate and sav'ry meat,
Before He thank'd his Sire — nor wou'd forget,
Where-e'er he was, to pay that bounden debt.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
How can'st thou then presume the Lord to eat,
And feed on Christ, the very first of meat!
Yet never for the boon thy thanks impart,
Thy bounden thanks — e'en from thy very heart?
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
Yea, man himselfe, unto whose will
All thinges are bounden to obey,
For all his wit and worthie skill,
Doth fade at length and fall away:
There nothing is but Time doth waste;
The heavens, the earth comsume at last.
"Verses" by Anonymous British
Out of the old house, Nancy--moved up into the new;
All the hurry and worry is just as good as through.
Only a bounden duty remains for you and I--
And that's to stand on the door-step, here, and bid the old house good-bye.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Growing up, I thought the bounden duty of my parents was dreaming up menial chores to occupy my valuable time.
"It is not merely a commendable thing for man to be kind and bountiful to the poor, but our bounden duty ".
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