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Merit

Mer´it
n.1.The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
Here may men see how sin hath his merit.
- Chaucer.
2.The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
3.Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n. Meriting.]
2.To reward.
v. i.1.To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.
Noun1.Meritmerit - any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
Synonyms: virtue
Antonyms:
demerit, fault - the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
2.merit - the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
Verb1.merit - be worthy or deserving; "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
Synonyms: deserve
accent, advantage, advantageousness, agreeableness, arete, assets, auspiciousness, award, be deserving, be entitled to, be worthy of, beneficialness, benevolence, benignity, caliber, class, cogency, comeuppance, concern, concernment, consequence, consequentiality, consideration, desert, deserts, deserving, due, due reward, dues, emphasis, entitle, excellency, expedience, fairness, favorableness, fineness, first-rateness, good, goodliness, grace, healthiness, helpfulness, high order, high rank, import, importance, interest, just deserts, justify, kindness, mark, materiality, merits, moment, niceness, note, paramountcy, perfection, pleasantness, precedence, preeminence, primacy, priority, profitableness, rate, recompense, repay, requite, reward, rewardingness, rights, self-importance, significance, skillfulness, soundness, stature, stress, strong point, superiority, supremacy, usefulness, validity, virtuousness, warrant, weight, wholeness, winnings, worth
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