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 (dəv-wär′, dĕv′wär′)
1. often devoirs An act or expression of respect or courtesy; civility: pay one's devoirs.
2. Duty or responsibility.

[Middle English, duty, from Old French, from devoir, to owe, from Latin dēbēre; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. duty; obligation
2. endeavour; fulfilment of duty
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(dəˈvwɑr, ˈdɛv wɑr)

1. an act of civility or respect.
2. devoirs, respects or compliments.
3. responsibility; duty.
[1250–1300; < Old French devoir < Latin dēbēre to owe; compare debt, endeavor]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devoir - formal expression of respect
civility, politeness - the act of showing regard for others
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n (form, liter)
(= duty)Pflicht f; to do one’s devoirseine Pflicht tun
(= respect)Höflichkeit f
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