Definition of Merit

1. Noun. Any admirable quality or attribute. "Work of great merit"

Exact synonyms: Virtue
Generic synonyms: Worth
Antonyms: Demerit



2. Verb. Be worthy or deserving. "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
Exact synonyms: Deserve
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Have It Coming
Derivative terms: Meritable

3. Noun. The quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance). "There were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
Exact synonyms: Deservingness, Meritoriousness
Generic synonyms: Worthiness
Derivative terms: Deserving, Meritorious, Meritorious

Definition of Merit

1. n. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.

2. v. t. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment.

3. v. i. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.

Definition of Merit

1. Noun. Something deserving good recognition. ¹

2. Noun. Something worthy of a high rating. ¹

3. Noun. A claim to commendation or reward. ¹

4. Noun. The quality of deserving reward. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To earn or to deserve. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To be worthy or deserving. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Merit

1. to earn [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: earn

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Merit

merism
merismatic
merisms
merismus
merispore
meristem
meristematic
meristematically
meristemic
meristemoid
meristemoids
meristems
meristic
meristically
meristics
merit (current term)
merit badge
merit pay
merit system
meritable
merited
meritedly
merithallus
meriting
meriting(p)
meritless
meritlessly
meritlessness
meritmonger
meritmongers

Literary usage of Merit

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1. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1858)
"The ;rit will be carefully defined in the certificate, candidate who may obtain marks of merit ect, in addition to marks of ..."

2. The Concise Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, George Smith, Harold F. Oxbury (1885)
"Nor did all his merit lie in tragedy ; in the serious parts ot comedy, ... He WHS very favourably received, and gradually, from his merit as an actor and ..."

3. Annual Report by Correctional Association of New York (1870)
"Whenever a convict shall have received four merit marks in any period of six ... When such merit marks are earned a second time during any such period, ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, Henry Hart Milman, William Smith (1862)
"f In the establishment and restoration of the Turkish empire the first merit must doubtless be assigned to the personal succession qualities ot the sultans: ..."

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