• WordNet 3.6
    • v merit be worthy or deserving "You deserve a promotion after all the hard work you have done"
    • n merit the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance) "there were many children whose deservingness he recognized and rewarded"
    • n merit any admirable quality or attribute "work of great merit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
    • Merit Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits . "Those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth."
    • Merit The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert. "Here may men see how sin hath his merit .""Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought
      For things that others do; and when we fall,
      We answer other's merits in our name."
    • Merit The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence. "Reputation is . . . oft got without merit , and lost without deserving.""To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known,
      And every author's merit , but his own."
    • v. i Merit To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.
    • Merit 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."
    • Merit To reward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n merit That which is deserved; honor or reward due; recompense or consideration deserved.
    • n merit The state or fact of deserving; desert, good or bad; intrinsic ground of consideration or award: most commonly in the plural: as, to treat a person according to his merits.
    • n merit Specifically The state or fact of deserving well; good desert; worthiness of reward or consideration.
    • n merit Good quality in general; excellence.
    • n merit That which deserves consideration or reward; ground of desert; claim to notice or commendation: as, to enumerate the merits of a person, a book, or a scheme.
    • n merit plural In law, the right and wrong of a ease; the strict legal or equitable rights of the parties, as distinguished from questions of procedure and matters resting in judicial discretion or favor; essential facts and principles that lead to an opinion clear of personal bias: as, to judge a case on its merits.
    • merit To deserve; earn a right or incur a liability to; be or become deserving of: as, to merit reward or punishment.
    • merit To deserve as a reward; earn by commendable action or conduct.
    • merit To reward.
    • merit Synonyms and See desert, n.
    • merit To acquire merit, benefit, or profit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Merit mer′it excellence that deserves honour or reward: worth: value: that which one has earned
    • v.t Merit to earn: to have a right to claim as a reward: to deserve:
    • v.t Merit (pl., in law) the right or wrong of a case, apart from questions of procedure
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.”
  • Torquato Tasso
    Torquato Tasso
    “None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.”
  • Homer
    “How vain, without the merit, is the name.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.”
  • Madame de Girardin
    Madame de Girardin
    “Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mérite, L. meritum, fr. merere, mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share; akin to Gr. part, fate, doom, to receive as one's portion. Cf. Market Merchant Mercer Mercy


In literature:

Not because of its general sanitary merits, for it had an average amounts of other evidence of unhealthiness.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
I do not propose to discuss the merits of the majority report at the present time.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But there has been a tendency to exaggeration of the extent of the decadence, by way of foil to the merit which retrieved the ruin.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
There are others of great merit, and many might prefer them to the kinds I have spoken of.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Our work is like the stream which falls from the mountain and is filled with ooze: its only merit is to swell the river into which it runs.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
To call the general poetical merit of these earlier miscellanies high would be absurd.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
But Gray could see no merit in Rasselas; and Johnson could see no merit in the Bard.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Its merits are indicated by the quality of golfers that it breeds.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
This is the position of thousands of volumes, and of many it is the chief merit.
"The Book-Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt
Fitzjames had discussed the merits of Mr.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
You ought to know that promotion is now made on merit.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
As might be expected, the hymns are not all of the same merit.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
The Corporation discussed the patriot's merits without descending to detail.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Man, so long as he rested on merit of his own, must be for ever excluded from his presence.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
The world hated him, we see, for his merits.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
If he loves me, the merit is not mine; my fault will be if he ceases.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
His employer appreciated his varied and wonderful merits.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The fault, properly interpreted, will turn out, perhaps, to be a merit.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
He himself had no intention of depreciating the merits of Pope.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
It had at least one merit, that of being perfectly explicit.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott

In poetry:

More than your schoolmen teach, within
Myself, alas! I know:
Too dark ye cannot paint the sin,
Too small the merit show.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
“O, little merit I my bride!
And therefore will I love her more;
Renewing, by her gentle side,
Lost worth: let this thy smile restore !”
" Stars and Moon" by Coventry Patmore
O think not of my doubts and fears,
My strivings with Thy grace divine;
Think upon Jesus’ woes and tears,
And let His merits stand for mine.
"When at Thy Footstool, Lord, I Bend" by Henry Francis Lyte
Though I have grieved thy Spirit, Lord,
His help and comfort still afford;
And let a wretch come near thy throne,
To plead the merits of thy Son.
"Psalm 51 part 3" by Isaac Watts
I dread no evils for my distant friend,
If worth can shield, or merit can defend;
And if Louisa should remember'd be,
Enshrine her image in sincerity.
"Addressed To A Friend" by Elizabeth Bath
But who, through all this length of time,
Could bear the burden of his years,
If he for strangers pained his heart
Not less than those who merit tears?
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

Randy Ellison succeeded Sue Tibbetts on the Perry Township Fire Department Merit Commission.
Master of Arts in English (Merit).
Cadet Command releases anticipated ' Order of Merit ' list.
Niger rower's painfully slow finish draws questions about his Olympic merit.
While shad roe generally steals all of the glory, fresh flounder roe has some merits too.
Florida Senate passes teacher merit-pay bill.
Lawmakers fast-track new teacher merit-pay bill.
Florida's first attempt at a statewide teacher merit-pay law was torpedoed last year by a veto from then-Gov.
A teacher merit-pay bill won its first favorable vote in the Senate education committee today, with its sponsor saying, "We're not here to punish teachers.".
Florida teachers would be judged on their students' growth on standardized tests, and new teachers would be paid based on that test-score data as part of a new merit pay bill filed Monday in the Florida Senate.
Film and theater directors and actors, poets and writers have been allowing audience members to have at them for years in frank exchanges about content and merit, seriousness and triviality.
Three out of five semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarships this year were boys, an advocacy group reports today, even though well over half of the high school seniors taking the qualifying test were girls.
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt postulates who Anonymous might be, and reviews the merits of the book.
Alabama is among the top public universities in National Merit Scholars, none of whom works as proofreaders in the athletic department.
As every Merit Scholar knows, spell-check is not the same as proofreading .

In science:

The scintillating crystal detector approach offers several merits to these ends.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The merits discussed above allow a compact detector design and hence, efficient and costeffective shielding configurations.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
This derivation is far from rigorous, but has the merit of being simpler than the ones in the following sections.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
There are indeed many possible choices, and all of them have their own merits.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
The merit of this method is that we can define some automorphisms using fusion rules for a sub VOA, see [M1].
Module categories of simple current extensions of vertex operator algebras
There are two practical aspects of this research which merit mentionning.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
These ob jects merit further attention, as they may be the relic of a past merger or accretion event.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The merit is that velocity causes and explains later position: which sounds right.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
As all three sources were chosen using the criteria described in O’Neil, Schinnerer, & Hofner (2003) – LSB galaxies with high dynamical masses, MB < −19, and large central bulges – it would appear O’Neil et al.’s speculation has merit.
Properties of Molecular Gas in Massive Low Surface Brightness Galaxies, Including New 12CO Observations of Three Malin 1 `Cousins'
Furthermore, there may be an unexpected merit of this picture; that is, this branched web is quite stable.
Pentaquark Baryons in String Theory -- Talk at Pentaquark 04
Contained in this random walk is a BON resource discovery message(BRDM) which stores the merit function information for the most capable node visited so far on the walk.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
The material in this subsection is not strictly necessary for the rest of this paper, but has two merits.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
In Section 2, we investigate the numerous methods that one can employ to detect FOGs and explore their relative merits.
Pulling out Threads from the Cosmic Tapestry: Defining Filaments of Galaxies
The possible extension to broken supersymmetric theories is interesting, and could merit further investigation in experimental data.
Mass Patterns in the Fermion Spectrum
In the absence of this PEC, a discussion of the relative merits and precision of all above theoretical HH PECs is academic. One conclusion is certain: some HH calculations will have to be revised since they cannot all be correct at the same time.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen