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Duty, 1) that which a person is bound to do “to get it is thy d.” Ven. 168. “'gainst law or d.” Lucr. 497. Err. V, 107. Ado II, 1, 55. IV, 1, 3. LLL I, 1, 269. Merch. III, 5, 60. R3 I, 3, 250 (quibble). I, 4, 230. Tit. I, 414. Mcb. III, 1, 18. Lr. I, 1, 279 etc. “my mother did but d.” All's IV, 2, 12. “do thy d. and have thy d.” Shr. IV, 1, 38. Speaking of military service, == guard: “keep your --ies,” Cor. I, 7, 1. cf. Oth. II, 3, 151.
2) obedience, submission:* “fleet-winged d. with thought's feathers flies,” Lucr. 1216. “which I was much unwilling to proceed in but for my d. to your ladyship,” Gentl. II, 1, 113. “disobedient, stubborn, lacking d.” III, 1, 69. “what a foolish d. call you this? I would your d. were as foolish,” Shr. V, 2, 125. “my lady charged my d. in this business,” Lr. IV, 5, 18. At d. == at command: “who had the mouths, the tongues, the eyes and hearts of men at d.” Tim. IV, 3, 262.
3) reverence, respect, piety: your honour's in all d. Ven. Dedic. Tim. IV, 3, 262 Lucr. Ded. Tim. IV, 3, 262 were my worth greater, my d. would show greater, Lucr. Ded. Tim. IV, 3, 262 “his kindled d. kindled her mistrust,” Lucr. 1352. “my d. will I boast of,” Gentl. II, 4, 111. “her child-like d.” III, 1, 75. “in the modesty of fearful d.” Mids. V, 1, 101. “all adoration, d. and observance,” As V, 2, 102. “tongues spit their --ies out,” H8 I, 2, 61. Sonn. 26, 2. Sonn. 26, 2 Compl. 130. Gentl. III, 1, 8. Gentl. III, 1, 8 Ado I, 1, 157. LLL I, 1, 280. V, 2, 199. Mids. I, 1, 127. V, 83. V, 83 As I, 2, 177. II, 3, 58. Shr. Ind. 1, 82. H5 II, 2, 31. H6A II, 1, 37. IV, 4, 34. H6B I, 3, 161. V, 1, 173. H6C V, 7, 28. R3 II, 2, 108. Troil. III, 1, 169. Cor. V, 3, 51. Cor. V, 3, 51 Tim. IV, 3, 523. Hml. IV, 4, 6 etc.
4) act of reverence, homage, compliment: “where mortal stars did him peculiar --ies,” Lucr. 14. “my d. to you,” All's III, 2, 27; cf. H5 V, 2, 23. such d. to the drunkard let him do, Shr. Ind. I, 113. “pay that d. to him,” John II, 247. “he gave you all the --ies of a man,” H4A V, 2, 56. “set your knee against my foot, and in reguerdon of that d. done . . . .,” H6A III, 1, 170. III, 4, 4. H6B III, 1, 17. R3 I, 3, 251. Mcb. I, 4, 24.* III, 4, 92. IV, 1, 132. Hml. I, 2, 88. Lr. I, 1, 99. II, 2, 110. Oth. I, 3, 41. III, 2, 2. Ant. III, 13, 82. Cymb. II, 3, 55. III, 5, 32 etc. “stay not thy compliment; I forgive thy d.” LLL IV, 2, 147 (== depart without further ceremony; cf. Merch. III, 5, 60).
5) that which is due; only in the phrase: “do thy d. and have thy d.” Shr. IV, 1, 39.
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