Debt of honor

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a debt contracted by a verbal promise, or by betting or gambling, considered more binding than if recoverable by law.

See also: Honor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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A tradesman who had long dunned him for a note of three hundred guineas, found him one day counting gold, and demanded payment: --"No," said Fox, "I owe this money to Sheridan; it is a debt of honor; if an accident should happen to me, he has nothing to show." "Then," said the creditor, "I change my debt into a debt of honor," and tore the note in pieces.
Gobseck, Werdet, and Gigonnet swallowed the profits, but des Lupeaulx had agreed that they should have them; he was not playing for a stake; he challenged the bank, as it were, knowing very well that the king was not a man to forget this debt of honor. Des Lupeaulx was not mistaken; he was appointed Master of petitions, Knight of the order of Saint Louis, and officer of the Legion of honor.
It was a debt of honor, so called, which I had to pay, and I used money which was not my own to do it, in the certainty that I could replace it before there could be any possibility of its being missed.
"November 11 is a special day to honor service and to remind all Americans, and our elected leaders, of the debt of honor we owe those who have served our nation," United War Veterans Council President Dan McSweeney ( said .
This is a "debt of honor" for Republican People's Party," said CHP leader.
Then Florida Bar President Mark Hulsey, Jr., of Jacksonville, called it "the debt of honor lawyers of Florida want to pay the public.
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Francesco died in Rome on March 21, 2012, before the publication of the first volume of Libertas Mathematica (new series) and I consider a debt of honor to dedicate an issue to his memory.
"The Republic of Estonia has a big moral debt of honor, the repayment of which has been expected for many years.
I felt, in a way, that it was a debt of honor after reading his notebooks when working on Stalingrad.
General Nogi Maresuki paid a decades-old debt of honor by disemboweling himself on the day of his emperor's funeral.