Merit

Definition of Merit

Mer´it
n.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.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.
- Prior.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n. Meriting.]
2.To reward.
v. i.1.To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.

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