Debt of honour

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Debt of honour a debt not recognised by law, but binding in honour—esp. gambling and betting debts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. dette—L. debitum, debēre, to owe.

Usage

In literature:

I cannot pay thy debts of honour and see to these likewise.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Leave me to settle my own debts of honour.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
A debt of honour is one of the finest things in the world.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Walpole would have waived aside the debt of honour.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
My son is overwhelmed with debts of honour which he can't pay.
"Vera" by Oscar Wilde
Sometimes an inveterate gambler would sell himself to pay off his debts of honour, keeping the balance if any.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
The one end of my desire for wealth was that I might discharge those debts and redeem my father's honour.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
It amounted almost to a debt of honour to deliver this lady secure and untarnished at her house within the next hour.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He owed a good deal in town, but his debts of honour were still more formidable.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
An Asshlin might neglect everything else in the world, but his debts of honour were sacred things.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
He loses all his money, his horse, and also has a large debt against his word of honour.
"Basque Legends" by Wentworth Webster
Pitt paid the debt of honour by resignation.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
It was better for it to go honourably out of existence, than to die a lingering death, of debt and starvation.
"Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer for the last Fifty Years" by Samuel Thompson
He was careful to explain that while they had no legal claim on him, he regarded this work as a debt of honour.
"Masterman and Son" by W. J. Dawson
This was a proceeding, by warrant, for an assault and battery, arising out of the non-settlement of a debt of honour.
"Mornings at Bow Street" by John Wight
That is all very well; but one must be able to pay one's debts of honour.
"The Red Lottery Ticket" by Fortuné Du Boisgobey
But the debts called debts of honour, met not with similar treatment.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
Should she pay her debts of honour, or buy the lottery tickets?
"Roger Kyffin's Ward" by W.H.G. Kingston
They brought me the horse to pay a debt of honour.
"Katerfelto" by G. J. Whyte-Melville
The darkness of his future appalled him; he was undone if he could not meet those debts of honour.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson
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