merit
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French merite, from Latin meritum, from neuter of meritus, past participle of merēre to deserve, earn; akin to Greek meiresthai to receive as one's portion, meros part Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete reward or punishment due b. the qualities or actions that constitute the basis of one's deserts c. a praiseworthy quality ; virtue d. character or conduct deserving reward, honor, or esteem; also achievement 2. spiritual credit held to be earned by performance of righteous acts and to ensure future benefits 3. a. plural the substance of a legal case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form b. individual significance or justification • meritless adjective II. verb Date: 1526 transitive verb to be worthy of or entitled or liable to ; earn intransitive verb 1. obsolete to be entitled to reward or honor 2. deserve

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  • Merit — • By merit (meritum) in general is understood that property of a good work which entitles the doer to receive a reward from him in whose service the work is done Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Merit     Merit …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • merit — Ⅰ. merit UK US /ˈmerɪt/ noun [C or U] ► FORMAL the quality of being good and deserving to be praised or rewarded, or an advantage that something has: »Proposals will be judged strictly on merit by an external committee. »I fail to see the merit… …   Financial and business terms

  • merit — MÉRIT, merite, s.n. Calitate, însuşire remarcabilă care face pe cineva sau ceva să fie vrednic de stimă, de laudă, de răsplată; valoare, virtute. ♢ loc. adv. Pe merit = pe bună dreptate, justificat. – Din fr. mérite. Trimis de LauraGellner, 28.05 …   Dicționar Român

  • merit — mer·it / mer ət/ n 1 pl: the substance of a case apart from matters of jurisdiction, procedure, or form a ruling on the merit s of the case see also judgment on the merits at …   Law dictionary

  • Merit — Mer it, n. [F. m[ e]rite, L. meritum, fr. merere, mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share; akin to Gr. ? part, ? fate, doom, ? to receive as one s portion. Cf. {Market}, {Merchant}, {Mercer}, {Mercy}.] 1. The quality or state… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Merit — Mer it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Merited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Meriting}.] [F. m[ e]riter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See {Merit}, n.] 1. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Merit — ist ein weiblicher Vorname. Herkunft und Bedeutung des Namens dänische/schwedische Kurzform von Margarete schweizerische Kurzform von Emerentia ägyptisch: Die Geliebte (zum Beispiel die Pharaonentöchter Meritaton = Geliebte des Aton, Meritamun =… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • merit# — merit n 1 *due, desert Analogous words: meed, reward, guerdon (see PREMIUM): worth, value: gaining or gainings, winning or winnings (see GET) 2 *excellence, virtue, perfection Antonyms: fault: defect …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • merit — [n] advantage arete, asset, benefit, caliber, credit, desert, dignity, excellence, excellency, good, goodness, honor, integrity, perfection, quality, stature, strong point, talent, value, virtue, worth, worthiness; concept 693 Ant. demerit,… …   New thesaurus

  • Merit — Mer it, v. i. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • merit — as a verb has inflected forms merited, meriting …   Modern English usage

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