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The Devil's Dictionary: Duty

by Ambrose Bierce DULLARDDUTY -n. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire. Sir Lavender Portwine, in favor at court, Was wroth at his master,…

Brewer's: Duty

means what is due or owing, a debt which should be paid. Thus obedience is the debt of citizens to rulers for protection, and service is the debt of persons employed for wages received. &#8…

Brewer's: Whole Duty of Man

Tenison, Bishop of Lincoln, says the author was Dr. Chaplin, of University College, Oxford. (Evelyn: Diary.) Thomas Hearne ascribes the authors…