Origin of meritorious
Examples from the Web for meritorious
Ibrahim Kalin, and advisor to Erdogan, spoke of a “meritorious isolation” of the country.
The Queen was so impressed that she had a watch inscribed to Miss Eagle for ‘meritorious and extraordinary clairvoyance.’
“Meritorious promotions are now meritorious if you can believe it,” he said.
The reforms that Howard advocates, meritorious as they are, require political support to be enacted.
The man is most meritorious who is virtuous with the least effort—provided always that he has the normal passions of a man.
He 365 had expected nothing for his meritorious service, and he found himself in a position of trust and responsibility.Stand By The Union|Oliver Optic
In 1856 he published a small duodecimo volume of meritorious verses, with the title, "Sparks from Nature's Fire."
Compensation may relieve the hardships of meritorious classes, or of individual cases; nor can I object.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Now, suppose six-feet-two conqueror, and five-feet-eight beaten; would Sayers have been a whit the less gallant and meritorious?Roundabout Papers|William Makepeace Thackeray
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Word Origin for meritorious
Word Origin and History for meritorious
early 15c., "deserving of divine grace," from Latin meritorius "that for which money is paid, that by which money is earned," from meritus, past participle of merere "to earn" (see merit (n.)). Related: Meritoriously; meritoriousness.