Demerit
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.] [1913 Webster]

By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice; misconduct; -- the opposite of {merit}. [1913 Webster]

They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. The state of one who deserves ill. [1913 Webster]


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