demerit

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noun de·mer·it \di-ˈmer-ət, dē-, -ˈme-rət\

Definition of demerit

  1. 1 obsolete :  offense

  2. 2a :  a quality that deserves blame or lacks merit :  fault, defectb :  lack of merit

  3. 3 :  a mark usually entailing a loss of privilege given to an offender

Examples of demerit in a Sentence

  1. Students are given demerits if they arrive late for classes.

  2. as a typist she has the advantage of speed but the demerit of inaccuracy

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Origin and Etymology 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


DEMERIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of demerit for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEMERIT Defined for Kids

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noun de·mer·it \dē-ˈmer-ət\

Definition of demerit for Students

  1. :  a mark placed against a person's record for doing something wrong



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