Definitions for: Merit

[n] the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance); "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
[n] any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
[v] be worthy of or have a certain rating; "This bond rates highly"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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 of deserving well or ill; desert.

Here may men see how sin hath his merit. --Chaucer.

Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
For things that others do; and when we fall, We
answer other's merits in our name. --Shak.

2. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving
well; worth; excellence.

Reputation is . . . oft got without merit, and lost
without deserving. --Shak.

To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, And
every author's merit, but his own. --Pope.

3. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or
approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.

Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth.

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 in a
bad sense; as, to merit punishment. ``This kindness merits
thanks.'' --Shak.

2. To reward. [R. & Obs.] --Chapman.

Mer"it, v. i.
To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to
profit. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

Synonyms: deserve, deservingness, meritoriousness, rate, virtue

Antonyms: demerit, fault

See Also: be, worth, worthiness

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