verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of merit
Synonyms for merit
Examples from the Web for well-merited
Historical Examples of well-merited
That was because I overheard his well-merited rebuke to Hopper.The Crisis, Complete
Wherever he was heard he was marked by well-merited success.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
The well-merited reward of my temerity was not long in coming.Eighteen Months' Imprisonment
I trembled, as I so often did, lest I was about to receive some well-merited rebuke.Julia Ward Howe
Laura E. Richards
Elliot strode off, smarting with the sting of his well-merited humiliation.St George's Cross
H. G. Keene
adjective (well merited when postpositive)
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.