What does Merit mean?

Definitions for Merit
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Merit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merit, virtue(noun)

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  2. deservingness, merit, meritoriousness(verb)

    the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

    "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"

  3. deserve, merit(verb)

    be worthy or deserving

    "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"

Wiktionary

  1. merit(Noun)

    Something worthy of a high rating.

  2. merit(Noun)

    A claim to commendation or reward.

  3. merit(Noun)

    The quality of deserving reward.

  4. merit(Verb)

    To earn or to deserve.

  5. merit(Verb)

    To be worthy or deserving.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merit(noun)

    the quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  2. Merit(noun)

    esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  3. Merit(noun)

    reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  4. Merit(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  5. Merit(noun)

    to reward

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

  6. Merit(verb)

    to acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit

    Etymology: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]

Freebase

  1. Merit

    Merit is a concept in Buddhism/Hinduism. It is that which accumulates as a result of good deeds, acts, or thoughts and which carries over to throughout the life or the subsequent incarnations. Such merit contributes to a person's growth towards spiritual liberation. Merit can be gained in a number of ways. In addition, according to the Mahayana Sutra of The Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, one can "transfer" 1/7 merit of an act they have performed to a deceased loved one such as in the Shitro practice in order to diminish the deceased's suffering in their new existence. Pariṇāmanā may be rendered as 'transfer of merit' or 'dedication' and involves the transfer of merit as a cause to bring about an effect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merit

    mer′it, n. excellence that deserves honour or reward: worth: value: that which one has earned.—v.t. to earn: to have a right to claim as a reward: to deserve: (pl., in law) the right or wrong of a case, apart from questions of procedure.—adj. Meritō′rious, possessing merit or desert: deserving of reward, honour, or praise.—adv. Meritō′riously.—n. Meritō′riousness.—Order for merit, a Prussian order, the military class founded by Frederick the Great in 1740—the civil class, by Frederick William IV. in 1842 for eminence in science and art; Order of merit, place in a class or list in which the best is placed first, the next best second, and so on. [Fr.,—L. meritummerēre, -ĭtum, to obtain as a lot, to deserve.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. merit

    To earn by active service, or by any valuable performance; to have a right to claim as reward; to deserve. Also, the quality or relation of deserving well or ill.

Editors Contribution

  1. merit

    [noun] an advantage or good feature of something [verb] to be good, important, or serious enough for praise or attention

    1. The film has the merit of being short. 2. The great merit of the project is its flexibility and low cost.

    Submitted by Jon Snow on June 17, 2014  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Merit' in Nouns Frequency: #1931

Anagrams for Merit »

  1. miter, mitre, remit, timer

  2. Mitre

  3. Remit

  4. Timer

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Merit in a Sentence

  1. Apple Inc -LRB- AAPL.O -RRB-:

    The company believes the European Commission’s assertions are without merit.

  2. Henry Louis Mencken:

    A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.

  3. Manu:

    Pride not thyself on thy religious works, Give to the poor, but talk not of thy gifts: By pride religious merit melts away, The merit of thy alms, by ostentation.

  4. Scott Rudin:

    This is, unfortunately, simply another such lawsuit, the latest of many, and we believe that it is without merit.

  5. Arabic Proverb:

    Scratch yourself with your own nails; always do your own business, and when you intend asking for a service, go to a person who can appreciate your merit.

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