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Devoir   Listen

Formal expression of respect.

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"Devoir" Quotes from Famous Books

... contention hotly denied by the Liberals. The Conservative campaign managers made a working arrangement with the Nationalists as to candidates and helped liberally in circulating Bourassa's newspaper, Le Devoir. On the back "concessions" of Ontario a quieter but no less effective campaign was carried on against the domination of Canadian politics by a French Roman Catholic province and a French Roman Catholic Prime Minister. In vain the Liberals appealed to national unity or started ...
— The Canadian Dominion - A Chronicle of our Northern Neighbor • Oscar D. Skelton

... Gouvernement Allemand se vit force de s'adresser au Gouvernement de Sa Majeste l'Empereur de Toutes les Russies en insistant sur la cessation desdits actes militaires. La Russie ayant refuse de faire droit a (n'ayant pas cru devoir repondre a[198]) cette demande et ayant manifeste par ce refus (cette attitude [198]) que son action etait dirigee contre I'Allemagne, j'ai l'honneur, d'ordre de mon Gouvernement, de faire savoir a Votre Excellence ce ...
— Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised) • Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History

... Louis XIV., but afterwards, when writing a treatise against the stage entitled Traite de la comedie et des spectacles selon les traditions de l'Eglise (Paris, 1667), he charged the dramatist with keeping a school of atheism. Conti also wrote Lettres sur la grace, and Du devoir des grands et des ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2 - "Constantine Pavlovich" to "Convention" • Various

... description for the best of them, as being traitor alike to their God and to the laws of chivalry; and devoutly do I trust that I shall meet with them in the front rank of our army, beside our standard, or elsewhere, and have an open field to my devoir against them, both as the enemies of our Lady and the holy saints, and as, by their evil customs, more expressly my own. Meanwhile you have time to seat yourself and receive my homage, and I will be bound to you for despatching this foolish ceremony with as ...
— Waverley Volume XII • Sir Walter Scott

... of the highwayman became from the first a splendid achievement. Sure, Mr. Boyce must be of rare courage and strength, even as he was deliciously adroit, and that insolent air with which he did his devoir ...
— The Highwayman • H.C. Bailey

... Mons. LICQUET, as my translator, cease; and I will let him take leave of his task of translation in his own words. "Ici se termine la tache qui m'a ete confiee. Apres avoir refute franchement tout ce qui m'a semble digne de letre, je crois devoir declarer, en finissant, que mes observations n'ont jamais eu la personne pour objet. Je reste persuade, d'ailleurs, que le coeur de M.D. est tout-a-fait innocent des ecarts de son esprit. Si l'on peut le condamner pour le fait, il faudra toujours l'absoudre ...
— A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One • Thomas Frognall Dibdin

... keep the day; but who can brood On memories of unkingly John, Or of the leek His Highness chewed, Or of the stone he wrote upon? To Freedom born so long ago, We do devoir in very deed, If heedless as the clouds we row With ...
— Ionica • William Cory (AKA William Johnson)

... "par consulter les lumieres de la raison" (p. 8). He continues, "j'ai pense qu'il devait y avoir quelques circonstances particulieres. Un fait et non une speculation metaphysique m'a toujours semble devoir etre et tribut naturel et necessaire de l'histoire." Curiously enough the central fact in history appeared to Boulanger to be the deluge, and on the basis of it he attempted to interpret the Kulturgeschichte ...
— Baron d'Holbach • Max Pearson Cushing

... there in the field near the lists the champions of the Cid armed themselves on one side, and the Infantes on the other. And Count Don Remond armed the knights of the Cid, and instructed them how to do their devoir, and Count Garci Ordonez helped arm the Infantes of Carrion and their uncle Suero Gonzalez, and they sent to ask the King of his favour that he would give command that the swords Colada and Tizona should ...
— Chronicle Of The Cid • Various

... appertinent unto dictes and sayings aforesaid, forasmuch as they specify of other matters. And also desired me, that done, to put the said book in imprint. And thus obeying his request and commandment, I have put me in devoir to oversee this his said book, and behold as nigh as I could how it accordeth with the original, being in French. And I find nothing discordant therein, save only in the dictes and sayings of Socrates, wherein I find that my said Lord ...
— Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books - with Introductions, Notes and Illustrations • Charles W. Eliot

... laissant sur les visages La crainte, et la lueur de leurs brusques passages... Les noms de quelques-uns jusqu'a nous sont venus.... Ils surgissaient du Sud ou du Septentrion, Portant sur leur ecu l'hydre ou l'alerion, Couverts des noirs oiseaux du taillis heraldique, Marchant seuls au sentier que le devoir indique, Ajoutant au bruit sourd de leur pas solennel La vague obscurite d'un voyage eternel, Ayant franchi les flots, les monts, les bois horribles, Ils venaient de si loin qu'ils en etaient terribles, ...
— Georges Guynemer - Knight of the Air • Henry Bordeaux

... qui me preoccupent; car autant je me sens de force quand je crois etre dans le vrai pour inculquer mes idees a mon pays et pour lui faire partager ma persuasion, autant je me sentirais faible si je n'etais pas sur d'avoir raison ni de faire mon devoir. ...
— The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861 • Queen of Great Britain Victoria

... he raised his visor, and said, "Is it well, my lord, to make captive an adventurous Knight, for doing his devoir against a ...
— The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 13, - Issue 373, Supplementary Number • Various

... one believe that I am master of slaves, of my own purchase! I am drawn along by the general inconvenience of living here without them. I will not, I cannot justify it. However capable my conduct, I will so far pay my devoir to virtue, as to own the excellence and rectitude of her precepts, and lament my want of ...
— The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917 • Various

Words linked to "Devoir" :   civility, politeness

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