American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deserving reward or praise; having merit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That earns money; hireling.
- Deserving of reward; worthy of praise or honor; possessing merit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Possessing merit; deserving of reward or honor; worthy of recompense; valuable.
- adj. deserving reward or praise
- From Middle English, borrowed between 1375 and 1425 from Latin meritōrius ("earning money"), from meritus, past participle of mereō ("to earn") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin meritōrius, earning money, from meritus, past participle of merēre, to earn; see merit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Buddha, a personal and historical character, 122; repetition of his name meritorious, 235.”
“How bad is it that every time I see the word meritorious I immediately associate it with The Lady’s Tutor?”
“(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) LEAH HOPE, WLS REPORTER (voice-over): Governor Quinn overhauls the prison early release program known as the meritorious credit program.”
“The FM further stated the Government paid half of the research and development costs of electronics firms that proposed so-called meritorious projects.”
“In regard to this two-fold cause, that is, the meritorious and the material, we are said to be constituted righteous through the obedience of Christ.”
“If this soul prevails over the lower two powers, the man is called meritorious and perfect.”
“What one party calls meritorious, the other denominates flagitious.”
“And will lastly be induced to conceive, that a good education consists in the art of producing such happy hallucinations of ideas, as may be followed by such voluntary exertions, as may be termed meritorious or amiable insanities.”
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“All the encomiums bestowed on the ideal of humanity in its moral perfection can lose nothing of their practical reality by the examples of what men now are, have been, or will probably be hereafter; anthropology which proceeds from mere empirical knowledge cannot impair anthroponomy which is erected by the unconditionally legislating reason; and although virtue may now and then be called meritorious (in relation to men, not to the law), and be worthy of reward, yet in itself, as it is its own end, so also it must be regarded as its own reward.”
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