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
Wasielewski said about 20 teams asked about Wright — his 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame alone merited interest — but numbers and highlights weren’t enough.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway.|Sam Fortier|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The data also suggests that China has a fairly broad definition of which populations merit “emergency-use” immunizations.A Chinese vaccine maker says it’s inoculated 1 million people—even though its trials are incomplete|Grady McGregor|November 20, 2020|Fortune
With some reservations, Pauli saw merit in Jung’s expanded definition.The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung - Issue 93: Forerunners|Paul Halpern|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
Google did not achieve its position on any such market by competing on the merits.Act now before Google kills us, 135-strong coalition of startups warns EU antitrust chief|Natasha Lomas|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
A lawsuit filed in the Michigan courts by the campaign last week was dismissed by a state Court of Claims judge who said the suit lacked merit.
And there were enough of them in Soviet times that they merited their own shout-out?The Olympics Are Already Two Days Old. This Is Your Test.|Kevin Bleyer|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whatever fulsome cliché of brilliance you want to attach to Hoffman is merited.
In the Western media, the Chea and Samphan trials have barely merited a mention.
No word on if this outrageous sum, which Stewart raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, merited a smile from the famously surly star.Eastwood’s Wife Files for Separation; Stewart Charges $500K for Appearance|Culture Team|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Freedom House found that the new developments merited just a one point increase.
Naturally, the picture was not perfect, but it well merited the flattering reception which it received.Bastien Lepage|Fr. Crastre
How well they have merited that Degree of Confidence is left to the impartial World to determine.
Half an inch taller than Kerry, she fully merited the compliment designed by that trite apothegm, "a fine woman."Dope|Sax Rohmer
This event gave Grace Darling the notoriety which her noble conduct so well merited.The Childhood of Distinguished Women|Selina A. Bower
This unheard-of despotism, this horrible political perjury, was certainly not merited by the good and generous Brazil.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
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.