verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of merit
synonym study for merit
historical usage of merit
The earliest English sense of the noun is religious and theological, “the quality of (a person or action) being entitled to a reward from God,” which will be familiar to anyone who attended parochial school. The legal term merits, i.e., “the intrinsic rights or wrongs of a case or matter, without consideration of procedural details, personal feelings, etc.,” dates from the end of the 15th century. The British Order of Merit, an award given to civilians and members of the armed forces, first appears in English in 1799, and is modeled on the Pour le Mérite established by King Frederick II (“Frederick the Great”) of Prussia in 1740.
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Example sentences from the Web for merit
This is likely a lowball number but it has the merit to illustrate the tradeoff that raising the minimum wage requires.
In Europe, he explained, the circus is considered a high form of art, known for its merit of talents and skilled performers.
This point has merit, but quickly begins to strain after the application of any sort of pressure.
But merit aside, you can indict a ham sandwich if it's Republican in the most liberal hotbed of Texas: Travis County.
There is no merit badge yet for Dragon Boat racing, although there is one for canoeing.
Strange times, when such things were deemed wonderful—so much so as to merit exhibition before the monarch.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical|Frank H. Stauffer
He who first praises a good book becomingly is next in merit to the author.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
But even with him, simplicity, because necessary to speed, is second in merit only to correctness.
A lady of rank and merit, who was with us, took the rod after me; she felt it begin to move, and was internally agitated.Curious Myths of the Middle Ages|Sabine Baring-Gould
I find that connoisseurs are divided in opinion concerning the merit of Powers as a sculptor.Letters of a Traveller|William Cullen Bryant
British Dictionary definitions for merit
verb -its, -iting or -ited
Derived forms of meritmerited, adjectivemeritless, adjective
Word Origin for merit
Idioms and Phrases with merit
see on its merits.