any admirable quality or attribute
"work of great merit"
deservingness, merit, meritoriousness(verb)
the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)
"there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
be worthy or deserving
"You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
Something worthy of a high rating.
A claim to commendation or reward.
The quality of deserving reward.
To earn or to deserve.
To be worthy or deserving.
the quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert
esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence
reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits
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
to acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit
Origin: [F. mriter, L. meritare, v. intens. fr. merere. See Merit, n.]
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
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. meritum—merēre, -ĭtum, to obtain as a lot, to deserve.]
[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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'merit' in Nouns Frequency: #1931
miter, mitre, remit, timer
The numerical value of merit in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of merit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
The facts of the case merit prison and not probation.
We have always believed that the appeal lacked any merit.
The idea has merit, but it only reveals part of the picture.
I don't personally see how it has any merit. It's an Illinois issue.
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