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EtymologyEdit

Irregular combination of duty +‎ -ous.

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duteous (comparative more duteous, superlative most duteous)

  1. (archaic) dutiful
    a duteous son
  2. (archaic) Obsequious; submissively obedient.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, King Lear, act iv, scene 6 (First Folio ed.)
      I know thee well. A ſeruiceable Villaine,
      As duteous to the vices of thy Miſtris,
      As badneſſe would deſire.
    • 1881 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Heart of the Night, lines 10-14
      O Lord, the awful Lord of will! though late,
      Even yet renew this soul with duteous breath:
      That when the peace is garnered in from strife,
      The work retrieved, the will regenerate,
      This soul may see thy face, O Lord of death!

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  • The Oxford English Dictionary