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Merit \Mer"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Merited; p. pr. & vb. n. Meriting.] [F. m['e]riter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  1. To earn by service or performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve; sometimes, to deserve in a bad sense; as, to merit punishment. ``This kindness merits thanks.''

  2. To reward. [R. & Obs.]


vb. (present participle of merit English)


adj. having sufficient worth; "an idea worth considering"; "a cause deserving or meriting support"; "the deserving poor" (often used ironically) [syn: deserving(p), meriting(p), worth(p)]

Usage examples of "meriting".

But the glory of the body, and the like, are less than the dignity of meriting, which pertains to the virtue of charity.

This comparison of Augustine is to be referred to the principle because, to wit, just as it is granted to any man without meriting it to be a Christian, so did it happen that this man without meriting it was Christ.

Further, the same thing cannot be cause and effect: hence grace, which is the cause of meriting, does not come under merit.

The source of meriting comes of the soul, while the body is the instrument of the meritorious work.

A part of every life, even a life meriting very little regard, is spent in searching out the reasons for its existence, its starting point, and its source.