verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of merit
Synonyms for merit
Related Words for meritdignity, talent, integrity, value, benefit, excellence, virtue, stature, quality, worthiness, deserve, warrant, justify, arete, caliber, desert, worth, credit, good, asset
Examples from the Web for merit
Contemporary Examples of merit
This is likely a lowball number but it has the merit to illustrate the tradeoff that raising the minimum wage requires.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
In Europe, he explained, the circus is considered a high form of art, known for its merit of talents and skilled performers.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
This point has merit, but quickly begins to strain after the application of any sort of pressure.There She Is! Deport the Miss America Pageant.
October 6, 2014
But merit aside, you can indict a ham sandwich if it's Republican in the most liberal hotbed of Texas: Travis County.Peak 'Oops': Explaining the Perry Indictment
August 17, 2014
There is no merit badge yet for Dragon Boat racing, although there is one for canoeing.Bros Love Dragon Boats
August 10, 2014
Historical Examples of merit
But give up an inclination, and there is some merit in that.
Does he believe, that the disgrace which I supper on his account, will give him a merit with me?
But the recognition of his merit came sooner than could have been expected.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I vindicated the good Mrs. Norton with a warmth that was due to her merit.
What merit was there in being what it would be contemptible not to be?Weighed and Wanting
verb -its, -iting or -ited
Word Origin for merit
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."
see on its merits.