Simple Definition of demerit
: a mark that is made on the school record of a student who has done something wrong
: a bad quality in something or someone : a feature or part of something or someone that is unpleasant
Examples of demerit
Students are given demerits if they arrive late for classes.
<as a typist she has the advantage of speed but the demerit of inaccuracy>
Origin of demerit
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French demerite, from Medieval Latin demeritum, from neuter of demeritus, past participle of demerēre to be undeserving of, from Latin, to earn, from de- + merēre to merit
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with demerit
DEMERIT Defined for Kids
Definition of demerit
: a mark placed against a person's record for doing something wrong
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