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Debt. n.s. [debitum, Latin; dette, French.]

  1. That which one man owes to another.

    There was one that died greatly in debt; well, says one, if he be gone, then he hath carried five hundred ducats of mine with him into the other world. Bacon, Apophth. 141.

    The debt of ten thousand talents, which the servant owed the king, was no slight ordinary sum. Duppa's Devotions.

    To this great loss a sea of tears is due;
    But the whole debt not to be paid by you.

    Above a thousand pounds in debt,
    Takes horse, and in a might fret
    Rides day and night.

  2. That which any one is obliged to do or suffer.

    Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt;
    He only liv'd but 'till he was a man,
    But like a man he died.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Duppa, Brian (6) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Waller, Edmund (63)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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