It is unfortunately not a good book—but its lack of merit in no way detracts from its importance.
His staying power is a testament to the poptimist adage that if someone likes something, it must have some merit.
Some may roll their eyes at the idea, but many people feel it has merit.
But merit aside, you can indict a ham sandwich if it's Republican in the most liberal hotbed of Texas: Travis County.
If I am to merit the trust invested in me by some of my race, I must be both of these things.
But we must regard it in its merit and consistency as a whole.
How shall I make him a return suitable to the greatness of his merit?
That is his good fortune, but not his merit, for he has no choice in the matter.
The merit of celibacy is a very old religious idea in Hindostan.
I have no merit in my duties of attending, governing, and lecturing these wild boys.
c.1200, "spiritual credit" (for good works, etc.); c.1300, "spiritual reward," from Old French merite "wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity," and directly from Latin meritum "a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance," neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri "to earn, deserve, acquire, gain," from PIE root *(s)mer- "to allot, assign" (cf. Greek meros "part, lot," moira "share, fate," moros "fate, destiny, doom," Hittite mark "to divide" a sacrifice).
Sense of "worthiness, excellence" is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as "condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;" also "a reward, benefit." Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of "do-gooder."