noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French demerite, from Medieval Latin demeritum, from neuter of demeritus, past participle of demerēre to be undeserving of, from Latin, to earn, from de- + merēre to merit Date: 15th century 1. obsolete offense 2. a. a quality that deserves blame or lacks merit ; fault, defect b. lack of merit 3. a mark usually entailing a loss of privilege given to an offender

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