Demerit

Definition of Demerit

De`mer´it
n.1.That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert.
By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation.
- Holland.
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. Temple.
3.The state of one who deserves ill.
v. t.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 (1645).
2.To depreciate or cry down.
v. i.1.To deserve praise or blame.

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