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Meaning of demerit by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɛrɪt


    demerit ( plural: demerits )

    1. A quality of being inadequate; a fault; a disadvantage
    2. A mark given for bad conduct to a person attending an educational institution or serving in the army.


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Explanation of demerit by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

    2. they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel
    3. a mark against a person for misconduct or failure

    4. ten demerits and he loses his privileges

    Definition of demerit by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Demerit n. [F. démérite 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. 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.

    2. Demerit, v. t. [Cf. F. démériter to deserve ill. See Demerit, n.]
      1. To deserve; -- said in reference to both praise and blame. [Obs.]

      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. [R.] Bp. Woolton.

    3. Demerit, v. i. To deserve praise or blame.