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Definition of Debt


  1. That which is due from one person to another, whether money, goods, or services; that which one person is bound to pay to another, or to perform for his benefit; thing owed; obligation; liability.
  2. A duty neglected or violated; a fault; a sin; a trespass.
  3. An action at law to recover a certain specified sum of money alleged to be due.

Debt Quotations

This election presents a stark choice - we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy, or we can return to the founding principles of our nation - free markets, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.
Ted Cruz

We don't need new taxes. We need new taxpayers, people that are gainfully employed, making money and paying into the tax system. And then we need a government that has the discipline to take that additional revenue and use it to pay down the debt and never grow it again.
Marco Rubio

America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.
Allen Boyd

First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

A man in debt is so far a slave.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Debt Translations

debt in Afrikaans is skuld
debt in Dutch is schuld
debt in German is Schuld, Verpflichtung, Schuld
debt in Italian is colpa
debt in Latin is debitum
debt in Norwegian is gjeld
debt in Spanish is deuda
debt in Swedish is skuld
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