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demerit


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demerit  \De*mer"it\,  n.  [F.  d['e]m['e]rite  demerit  (in  sense  2), 
  OF  demerite  demerit  (in  sense  1),  fr  L.  demerere  to  deserve 
  well  LL.,  to  deserve  well  or  ill;  de-  +  merere  to  deserve. 
  See  {De}-,  and  {Merit}.] 
  1.  That  which  one  merits  or  deserves,  either  of  good  or  ill; 
  desert.  [Obs.] 
 
  By  many  benefits  and  demerits  whereby  they  obliged 
  their  adherents,  [they]  acquired  this  reputation. 
  --Holland. 
 
  2.  That  which  deserves  blame;  ill  desert;  a  fault;  a  vice; 
  misconduct;  --  the  opposite  of  {merit}. 
 
  They  see  no  merit  or  demerit  in  any  man  or  any 
  action  --Burke. 
 
  Secure,  unless  forfeited  by  any  demerit  or  offense. 
  --Sir  W. 
  Temple. 
 
  3.  The  state  of  one  who  deserves  ill. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demerit  \De*mer"it\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  F.  d['e]m['e]riter  to  deserve 
  ill.  See  {Demerit},  n.] 
  1.  To  deserve;  --  said  in  reference  to  both  praise  and  blame. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  If  I  have  demerited  any  love  or  thanks.  --Udall. 
 
  Executed  as  a  traitor  .  .  .  as  he  well  demerited. 
  --State  Trials 
  (1645). 
 
  2.  To  depreciate  or  cry  down  [R.]  --Bp.  Woolton 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Demerit  \De*mer"it\,  v.  i. 
  To  deserve  praise  or  blame. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demerit 
  n  1:  a  mark  against  a  person  for  misconduct  or  failure;  usually 
  given  in  school  or  armed  forces;  "ten  demerits  and  he 
  loses  his  privileges" 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  faulty  or  inadequate;  "they  discussed 
  the  merits  and  demerits  of  her  novel"  [syn:  {fault}]  [ant: 
  {merit}] 




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