• WordNet 3.6
    • n demerit the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel","he knew his own faults much better than she did"
    • n demerit a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces "ten demerits and he loses his privileges"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert E. Lee, of the Confederate Army, remains the only person, to date, to have graduated from the West Point military academy without a single demerit.
    • Demerit That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice; misconduct; -- the opposite of merit. "They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action.""Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense."
    • Demerit That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert. "By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation."
    • Demerit The state of one who deserves ill.
    • Demerit To depreciate or cry down.
    • v. i Demerit To deserve praise or blame.
    • Demerit To deserve; -- said in reference to both praise and blame. "If I have demerited any love or thanks.""Executed as a traitor . . . as he well demerited ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • demerit To deserve; merit; earn.
    • demerit To deserve to lose from lack of merit or desert.
    • demerit To be deserving; deserve.
    • n demerit That which one merits; desert.
    • demerit To lower the merit of; discredit; depreciate.
    • n demerit That which merits ill; censurable conduct; wrong-doing; ill desert: opposed to merit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Demerit de-mer′it ill-desert: fault: crime.
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  • George Eliot
    “Our impartiality is kept for abstract merit and demerit, which none of us ever saw.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A small demerit extinguishes a long service.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. démérite, demerit (in sense 2), OF. demerite, demerit (in sense 1), fr. L. demerere, to deserve well, LL., to deserve well or ill; de-, + merere, to deserve. See De-, and Merit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. demerite, desert, also a fault—Low L. demeritum, a fault, demerēre, to deserve—L. de, fully, merēre, to deserve.


In literature:

During the whole time I was in school I did not receive one demerit, or a black mark.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
In two years he had not had one demerit mark.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
Everything natural, probable, reasonable, was against it; all their habits and ways of thinking, and all her own demerits.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
My merits, then, and your demerits are on the best of terms.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady
His demerits preclude him from a sacred place.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
I sought its inspiration, and referred my merits and demerits to its judicial verdict.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Nine more demerits and you'll be suspended.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
If nothing was at issue but the merits or demerits of a single sovereign, he might be left where he lies.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
Then, of course, you are not in a position to judge of either her merits or demerits.
"Faith and Unfaith" by Duchess
Every act contains both merit and demerit, just as even the best painting has defects and excellence.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard

In poetry:

Guilt and demerit differ here,
Though oft their names confounded are,
I'm guilty in myself always,
Since sin's demerit ever stays.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

But that sparkle has dimmed a bit in the eyes of health inspectors, who recently shut the Artisan 's restaurant down with 60 demerits.
Demerits at Church's blamed on cook's ' bad day'.
A manager at La Feria's Church's Chicken said it was unacceptable behavior on the part of his cook that led to high demerits on a health inspection report.
Demerits at Church's blamed on cook's 'bad day'.
0Snacks Del Valle on 750 East Los Ebanos in Brownsville ties for the most demerits scored this week on Food 4 Thought.
Buffalo Wings & Rings dips into high demerits, Roaches turn up at Dairy Queen.
Buffalo Wings & Rings on 1600 North Westgate in Weslaco is exposed with the most demerits this week on Food 4 Thought.
Chinese buffet , Mexican restaurant rack up nearly 100 demerits.
Pharr supermarket busted with high demerits.
Demerits at Church 's blamed on cook's 'bad day'.
A manager at La Feria's Church 's Chicken said it was unacceptable behavior on the part of his cook that led to high demerits on a health inspection report.
Vanessa's Daycare on 2900 North Erica Street in Pharr is busted with 19 demerits during a health inspection.
Vancouver Whitecaps Jay DeMerit in MLS action against Los Angeles Galaxy Landon Donovan.
It's time to hand out some accolades and demerits at the halfway mark.
It's time to hand out some accolades and demerits at the halfway mark:Best teams — Texas, New York (AL), Washington (NL).

In science:

At present, we have different classical cryptosystems whose merits and demerits are discussed below.
A simple unbreakable code
But this procedure has several demerits: 1) time parameter t changes to affine parameter s, to recover t one has to find function ϕ; 2) metric g changes to ˆg it changes Levi-Civita linear connection and the measure of length of vectors.
Geometry of Dynamical Systems
All these models have their own merits and demerits.
A Better Way to Reconstruct Dark Energy Models ?
The following is a figure of demerit for the quality of such an information transfer.
Unifying Decoherence and the Heisenberg Principle
For unbiased information transfer, there exists a figure of demerit more attractive than δ .
Unifying Decoherence and the Heisenberg Principle