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merit

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of merit

  1. 1 a quality that gives something special worth <this mystery novel at least has the merit of an original plot> Synonyms cardinal virtue, distinction, excellency, grace, excellence, value, virtueRelated Words advantage, edge, plus, superiorityNear Antonyms blemish, defect, failing, fault, flaw; drawback, minus, negativeAntonyms deficiency, demerit, disvalue

  2. 2 the relative usefulness or importance of something as judged by specific qualities <that idea has some merit, so let's explore it> Synonyms account, worth, valuation, valueRelated Words assessment, estimation, evaluation; excellence, greatness, perfection; consequence, importance, significance, weight; desirabilityNear Antonyms emptiness, valuelessness, worthlessness; baseness, cheapness, crumminess, inferiority, lousiness, meanness, paltriness, pettiness, poorness; deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, unacceptability


merit

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of merit

  1. to be or make worthy of (as a reward or punishment) <that selfless act of heroism merited a public ceremony to honor the young swimmer> Synonyms deserve, earn, rateRelated Words entitle, qualify


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