debt to society

Definition of debt to society

  1. —used in phrases such as pay your debt to society to refer to being punished for committing a crime after 10 years in prison, he has paid his debt to society and is a free man.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  sin, trespass

    :  something owed :  obligation

    :  a state of being under obligation to pay or repay someone or something in return for something received :  a state of owing

  1. :  companionship or association with one's fellows :  friendly or intimate intercourse :  company

    :  a voluntary association of individuals for common ends

    :  an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession

  1. :  of, relating to, or typical of fashionable society

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