|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers|
|Section IV. Moral Affections|
| 1. Moral Obligations|
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|NOUN:||DUTY, what ought to be done, moral obligation, accountableness, liability, onus, responsibility; bounden -, imperative- duty; call, - of duty; accountability.|
allegiance, fealty, tie; engagement (promise) [See Promise]; part; function, calling (business) [See Business].
OBSERVANCE, fulfillment, discharge, performance, acquittal, satisfaction, redemption; good behavior.
MORALITY, morals, decalogue; case of conscience; conscientiousness (probity) [See Probity]; conscience, inward monitor, still small voice within, sense of duty, tender conscience; the hell within [Paradise Lost].
PROPRIETY, fitness; dueness [See Dueness]; seemliness, amenableness, amenability, decorum, to prepon [Gr. τ&omictono; πρ&epsitono;πον]; the thing, the proper thing; the -right, - proper- thing to do.
[SCIENCE OF MORALS] ethics, ethology [obs. in this sense]; deontology, aretology [obs.]; moral -, ethical- philosophy; casuistry, polity.
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|VERB:||BE THE DUTY OF, be incumbent on &c. adj.; be responsible &c. adj.; behoove, become, befit, beseem; belong to, pertain to; fall to ones lot; devolve on; lie upon, lie on ones head, lie at ones door; rest with, rest on the shoulders of.|
take upon oneself (promise) [See Promise]; be -, become- -bound to, - sponsor for; incur a responsibility &c. n.; be -, stand -, lie- under an obligation; stand responsible for; have to answer for; owe it to oneself.
enter upon -, perform -, observe -, fulfill -, discharge -, adhere to -, acquit oneself of -, satisfy- -a duty, - an obligation; act ones part, redeem ones pledge, do justice to, be at ones post; do duty; do ones duty &c. (be virtuous) [See Virtue].
be on ones good behavior, mind ones Ps and Qs; walk the straight path.
IMPOSE A DUTY &c. n.; enjoin, require, exact; bind, - over; saddle with, prescribe, assign, call upon, look to, oblige.
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|ADJECTIVE:||OBLIGATORY, binding; imperative, peremptory; stringent (severe) [See Severity]; behooving &c. v.; incumbent on, chargeable on; under obligation; obliged by, bound by, tied by; saddled with.|
due to, beholden to, bound to, indebted to; tied down; compromised (promised) [See Promise]; in duty bound.
AMENABLE, liable, accountable, responsible, answerable.
RIGHT, meet (due) [See Dueness]; moral, ethical, casuistical, conscientious, ethological.
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|ADVERB:||with a safe conscience, as in duty bound, on good behavior, on ones own responsibility, at ones own risk, suo periculo [L.]; in foro conscientiæ [L.]; quamdiu se bene gesserit [L.]; at ones post.|
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- Dura lex sed lex.
- Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
- Honos habet onus.
- Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.Ovid
- Loyauté moblige.
- Simple duty hath no place for fear.Whittier
- Stern daughter of the voice of God.Wordsworth
- There is a higher law than the Constitution.Wm. Seward
- So nigh is grandeur to our dust, So near is God to man, When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can!Emerson
- Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fireconscience.George Washington
- Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.Hamlet
- And voices that we thought were fled Arise and call us, and we come.Noyes