Demerit meaning

dĭ-mĕrĭt
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A mark recorded against a student, trainee, etc. for poor conduct or work.
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A mark made against one's record for a fault or for misconduct.
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A quality deserving blame; fault; defect.
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Lack of merit.
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​ A quality of being inadequate; a fault; a disadvantage.
  • Burke.
    They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action.
  • Sir W. Temple.
    Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense.
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A mark given for bad conduct to a person attending an educational institution or serving in the army.
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That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert.
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(archaic) To deserve.
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To depreciate or cry down.

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Origin of demerit

  • Middle English demerite offense from Old French desmerite from Latin dēmeritum from neuter past participle of dēmerēre to deserve dē- de- merēre to earn (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French desmerite (compare French démérite).

    From Wiktionary