Origin of meritoriousMiddle English from Classical Latin meritorius, bringing in money from meritus: see merit
- A lawsuit that actually makes a valid legal claim for which the plaintiff should recover compensation is an example of a meritorious lawsuit.
- A valiant effort for which you are rewarded with a certificate of participation for trying so hard is an example of a meritorious effort.
Origin of meritoriousMiddle English from Latin meritōrius earning money from meritus past participle of merēre to earn ; see merit .
(comparative more meritorious, superlative most meritorious)
From Middle English, borrowed between 1375 and 1425 from Latin meritÅrius (“earning money"), from meritus, past participle of mereÅ (“to earn")
- The order is conferred for long and meritorious military service.
- In August 1847 he was breveted lieutenantcolonel for gallant and meritorious conduct at Contreras and Churubusco.
- Interspersing them with his own problems. Next Xylander (Wilhelm I-Iolzmann) published a Latin translation (Basel, 1575), an altogether meritorious work, especially having regard to the difficulties he had with the text of his MS. The Greek text was first edited by C. G.
- Hassall, 1901), a meritorious compilation and storehouse of facts, but not very readable.
- The principal slaves often enjoyed the confidence of their masters and had important duties entrusted to them; and, after lengthened and meritorious service, were put in possession of a house and property of their own (Od.