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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
The mayor and her team made an offer to our members late last night, which merits further review.Lawsuits, lockouts and strike threats: Fights to reopen classrooms reach a head in several school districts|Moriah Balingit|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
Their argument is usually written off as hypocrisy or bitterness, its merits rarely given the attention it deserves.Why Larry Summers Still Triggers Washington. (It Isn’t His Economics.)|Philip Elliott|February 8, 2021|Time
So when you’re reading this, you can breathe a little easier since there are ways to get merit aid.Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option|Sean Gregory|February 5, 2021|Time
It’s a lot easier to have an opinion on cancel culture than it is to have an opinion on the merits of a coronavirus relief package.The Republican Party divide is not about politics. It’s about culture.|Philip Bump|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
There’s merit to that perspective, and it’s clear how a rational person might arrive at that conclusion.The GameStop stock situation isn’t about populism. It’s about whether the market is ‘real.’|Mikhail Klimentov|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
Decorative value is largely incidental to artistic merit as defined by critics.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the view of some cops, perps merit little concern or sympathy.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
And our gripes about the lack of light in our lives are not without merit — humans truly are solar powered.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With This New Tracker|DailyBurn|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We resolved to do our best to merit the good opinion which we thus supposed them to entertain of us.
Mr. Agnew saw the picture, recognised its merit, and wrote a cheque for the full amount asked.
Nor are these defects compensated by any high degree of merit in the delineation of the characters.
A certain cabinet minister being asked why he did not promote merit?
He is thought to be little inferior to Racine in the merit of his dramatic compositions.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
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.