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devoir

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English

Etymology

From Old French deveir (French devoir), from Latin debere ‘to owe’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /dəˈvwɑː/

Noun

Singular
devoir

Plural
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  1. (archaic) Duty, business; something which one must do.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, vol. 1 p. 149:
      he imprint not so much in his schollers mind [...] where Marcellus died, as because he was unworthy of his devoire he died there [...].
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol. 1:
      Then quoth the portress to the mistress of the house, "O my lady, arise and go to thy place that I in turn may do my devoir."

French

Etymology

Old French deveir, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] debere ‘must’.

Pronunciation

Noun

devoir m. (plural devoirs)

  1. duty
  2. exercise (set for homework)

Verb

devoir

  1. (intransitive) must, to have to

Conjugation

  • The past participle drops the circumflex accent in its other forms: feminine singular due; masculine plural dus; feminine plural dues.

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