[mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/
claim to respect and praise; excellence; worth.
something that deserves or justifies a reward or commendation; a commendable quality, act, etc.:
The book’s only merit is its sincerity.
merits, the inherent rights and wrongs of a matter, as a lawsuit, unobscured by procedural details, technicalities, personal feelings, etc.:
The case will be decided on its merits alone.
Often, merits. the state or fact of deserving; desert:
to treat people according to their merits.
Roman Catholic Church. worthiness of spiritual reward, acquired by righteous acts made under the influence of grace.
Obsolete. something that is deserved, whether good or bad.
verb (used with object)
to be worthy of; deserve.
verb (used without object)
Chiefly Theology. to acquire merit.
based on merit:
a merit raise of $25 a week.
the actual and intrinsic rights and wrongs of an issue, esp in a law case, as distinct from extraneous matters and technicalities
on its merits, on the intrinsic qualities or virtues
worth or superior quality; excellence: work of great merit
(often pl) a deserving or commendable quality or act: judge him on his merits
(Christianity) spiritual credit granted or received for good works
the fact or state of deserving; desert
an obsolete word for reward
verb -its, -iting, -ited
(transitive) to be worthy of; deserve: he merits promotion
c.1200, “spiritual credit” (for good works, etc.); c.1300, “spiritual reward,” from Old French merite “wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity,” and directly from Latin meritum “a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance,” neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri “to earn, deserve, acquire, gain,” from PIE root *(s)mer- “to allot, assign” (cf. Greek meros “part, lot,” moira “share, fate,” moros “fate, destiny, doom,” Hittite mark “to divide” a sacrifice).
Sense of “worthiness, excellence” is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as “condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;” also “a reward, benefit.” Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of “do-gooder.”
late 15c., “to be entitled to,” from Middle French meriter (Modern French mériter), from merite (n.), or directly from Latin meritare “to earn, yield,” frequentative of mereri “to earn (money);” also “to serve as a soldier” (see merit (n.)). Related: Merited; meriting.
see: on its merits
noun 1. a system or policy whereby people are promoted or rewarded on the basis of ability and achievement rather than because of seniority, quotas, patronage, or the like. noun 1. (US) the system of employing and promoting civil servants solely on the basis of ability rather than patronage Compare spoils system
[merk] /mɛrk/ noun, Chiefly Scot. 1. 2 (def 3).
/ˈmɜːkəl/ noun 1. Angela. born 1954, German politician; chair of the Christian Democratic Union from 2000; chancellor of Germany from 2005 (the first woman to hold the office)
[mur-kuh n] /ˈmɜr kən/ noun 1. false hair for the female pudenda. /ˈmɜːkɪn/ noun 1. an artificial hairpiece for the pudendum; a pubic wig 2. (obsolete) the pudendum itself n. “female pudenda,” 1530s, apparently a variant of malkin in its sense of “mop.” Meaning “artificial vagina or ‘counterfeit hair for a woman’s privy parts’ ” […]