- justly or rightly earned; merited: a deserved increase in salary.
Origin of deserved
- to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that deserves consideration.
- to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.
Origin of deserve
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Examples from the Web for deserved
But this was the year when criticism of said women finally got the harsh words it deserved.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
He wrote that he deserved to die and alluded to a ominous plan that he had backed out of twice already.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
This much-vaunted turnout operation turns out not to have deserved much vaunt.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
November 5, 2014
We loved Zellweger as Bridget Jones for owning her weight, finding love, and never settling for less than she deserved.Renee Zellweger's Face Gets More Medical Scrutiny Than Ebola
October 21, 2014
But in this case a very non-wiki-like dispute erupted over who deserved the most credit.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
You have never been put to a test till now, that deserved to be called a test.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Well had he deserved his native name of Bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
In their hearts they knew that I deserved all these epithets.In the Valley
The remainder of his life was a series of deserved afflictions.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
He had only given me back the hand I had not deserved he should touch.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- (tr) to be entitled to or worthy of; merit
- (intr foll by of) obsolete to be worthy
Word Origin and History for deserved
early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.