[ mer-i-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr- ]
/ ˌmɛr ɪˈtɔr i əs, -ˈtoʊr- /
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deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service.
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Origin of meritorious
OTHER WORDS FROM meritorious
mer·i·to·ri·ous·ly, adverbmer·i·to·ri·ous·ness, nounun·mer·i·to·ri·ous, adjectiveun·mer·i·to·ri·ous·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meritoriousmeritorious , meretricious
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How to use meritorious in a sentence
"Peter is very silent, and most meritoriously uninterested in everything," he said to his wife.The Vicar of Bullhampton|Anthony Trollope
My examinations have been passed meritoriously, but without brilliance; my tastes run too much after letters.The Ink-Stain, Complete|Rene Bazin
Mr. Greely filled many offices of honor and trust meritoriously.Fifty Years In The Northwest|William Henry Carman Folsom
In some cases that may be innocently and, when it sends the lead at the hordes that support a tyrant, meritoriously employed.Highways and Byways in Surrey|Eric Parker
She was, at that very moment, meritoriously and heartily engaged in eating her breakfast.A Rogue's Life|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for meritorious
/ (ˌmɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəs) /
praiseworthy; showing merit
Derived forms of meritoriousmeritoriously, adverbmeritoriousness, noun
Word Origin for meritorious
C15: from Latin meritōrius earning money
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