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Definition of Merit

Merit

  1. The quality or state of deserving well or ill; desert.
  2. Esp. in a good sense: The quality or state of deserving well; worth; excellence.
  3. Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation; as, his teacher gave him ten merits.
  4. 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.
  5. To reward.
  6. To acquire desert; to gain value; to receive benefit; to profit.

Merit Quotations

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
Charles Baudelaire

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
William Shakespeare

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
Igor Stravinsky

But if our sex would but well consider and rationally ponder, they will perceive and find that it is neither words nor place that can advance them, but worth and merit.
Margaret Cavendish

Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect.
Adam Clarke
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Merit Translations

merit in Afrikaans is verdien
merit in Danish is fortjene
merit in Dutch is waard zijn, toekomen, verdienen
merit in Finnish is ansaita
merit in German is Verdienst
merit in Latin is excellentia, promereo, dignitas, promeritum
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