[ dih-mer-it ]
/ dɪˈmɛr ɪt /
a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency: If you receive four demerits during a term, you will be expelled from school.
the quality of being censurable or punishable; fault; culpability.
Obsolete. merit or desert.
Origin of demerit
Related formsde·mer·i·to·ri·ous [dih-mer-i-tawr-ee-uh s, -tohr-] /dɪˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivede·mer·i·to·ri·ous·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for demeritorious
/ (diːˈmɛrɪt, ˈdiːˌmɛrɪt) /
something, esp conduct, that deserves censure
US and Canadian a mark given against a person for failure or misconduct, esp in schools or the armed forces
a fault or disadvantage
Derived Formsdemeritorious, adjectivedemeritoriously, adverb
Word Origin for demerit
C14 (originally: worth, later specialized to mean: something worthy of blame): from Latin dēmerērī to deserve
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