meritorious [mer-i- tawr-ee- uh s, - tohr-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy: to receive a gift for meritorious service. Origin of meritorious 1375–1425; late Middle English
on hire. See
-ous Related forms mer·i·to·ri·ous·ly, adverb mer·i·to·ri·ous·ness, noun un·mer·i·to·ri·ous, adjective un·mer·i·to·ri·ous·ly, adverb un·mer·i·to·ri·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unmeritorious Historical Examples of unmeritorious British Dictionary definitions for unmeritorious adjective praiseworthy; showing merit Derived Forms meritoriously, adverb meritoriousness, noun Word Origin for meritorious
C15: from Latin
meritōrius earning money
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Word Origin and History for unmeritorious adj.
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.
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