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Meaning of DEMERIT

Pronunciation:  dee'merit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he loses his privileges"

DEMERIT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: fault
 Antonyms: merit, virtue
 See Also: brand, mark, stain, stigma, worth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
    3. The state of one who deserves ill.
  2. \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.
             If I have demerited any love or thanks. --Udall.
             Executed as a traitor . . . as he well demerited.
                                                   --State Trials
    2. To depreciate or cry down. [R.] --Bp. Woolton.
  3. \De*mer"it\, v. i.
    To deserve praise or blame.