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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

beholden \bih-HOHL-dun\ adjective

: being under obligation for a favor or gift : indebted

"Beholden" was first recorded in writing in the 14th century, in the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." "Indebted," which entered English through Anglo-French, is even older, first appearing in the 13th century. English speakers in the 14th century would also have had another synonym of "beholden" to choose from, a now-obsolete sense of "bounden," which today means "made obligatory" or "binding."


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