Origin of merit

1175–1225; Middle English < Latin meritum act worthy of praise (or blame), noun use of neuter of meritus, past participle of merēre to earn

OTHER WORDS FROM merit

synonym study for merit

1. See desert3.
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British Dictionary definitions for merits (1 of 2)

merits
/ (ˈmɛrɪts) /

pl n

the actual and intrinsic rights and wrongs of an issue, esp in a law case, as distinct from extraneous matters and technicalities
on its merits on the intrinsic qualities or virtues

British Dictionary definitions for merits (2 of 2)

merit
/ (ˈmɛrɪt) /

noun

worth or superior quality; excellencework of great merit
(often plural) a deserving or commendable quality or actjudge him on his merits
Christianity spiritual credit granted or received for good works
the fact or state of deserving; desert
an obsolete word for reward

verb -its, -iting or -ited

(tr) to be worthy of; deservehe merits promotion
See also merits

Derived forms of merit

merited, adjectivemeritless, adjective

Word Origin for merit

C13: via Old French from Latin meritum reward, desert, from merēre to deserve
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Idioms and Phrases with merits

merit

see on its merits.

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