verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of merit
Synonyms for merit
Examples from the Web for unmerited
Contemporary Examples of unmerited
What Dr. King said to us was that unmerited suffering was always redemptive.50 Years Later: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
Lottie L. Joiner
September 15, 2013
But conversations with several Senate staffers and Capitol Hill insiders say the shock is unmerited.Jim DeMint Gains More Power Over GOP in Move from Senate to Heritage Foundation
December 7, 2012
Historical Examples of unmerited
If he was to be saved at all, he could be saved only by the unmerited grace of God.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
"But—you see I had done him an unmerited injury," said Jimmy, soberly.Mixed Faces
From hunted sense of unmerited outlawry I have passed to that of 'ermine' function.
How escape deserved reckoning in the one and unmerited accounting in the other?
He admired their constancy and pitied their unmerited sufferings.The Martyr of the Catacombs
verb -its, -iting or -ited
Word Origin for merit
c.1200, "spiritual credit" (for good works, etc.); c.1300, "spiritual reward," from Old French merite "wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity," and directly from Latin meritum "a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance," neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri "to earn, deserve, acquire, gain," from PIE root *(s)mer- "to allot, assign" (cf. Greek meros "part, lot," moira "share, fate," moros "fate, destiny, doom," Hittite mark "to divide" a sacrifice).
Sense of "worthiness, excellence" is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as "condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;" also "a reward, benefit." Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of "do-gooder."
see on its merits.