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  • adj. Of or pertaining to merit.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of merit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. properly deserved


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  • In this taxonomy of transgression, original sin merited less punishment than did actual sins, as noted by the monk William in his debate with the heresiarch Henry of Lausanne (minori pena teneantur).

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • His widow might continue to hold her pious faith in him, and refuse to believe that his name merited obloquy; his child knew better.

    The Whirlpool

  • Its primary purpose was to pack these pages and obscure the simplicity of your primary argument, if that's a name merited by your bald assertion that verily this is that.

    Let's Try Democracy

  • The respect he’s merited from the Pentagon and from his commanders — particularly Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno — is both commensurate with the steps he’s taken to visibly support them, and the result of being a reality-based man in a fantasy-based administration.

    At The Gates | ATTACKERMAN

  • Towards the close of the supper, which, like every thing else round him, was worthy of Sardanapalus, he addressed himself to me, and giving a most gracious personal opinion of what my "services had merited from the English minister," said that, "limited as his own means of rewarding zeal and ability might be, he begged of me to retain a slight memorial of his friendship, and of our day together on the heights of

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844

  • She ordered a preliminary probe into whether Gore's White House calls merited the appointment of a special prosecutor.

    You Can Call Him Caught

  • Now, that which is thus merited, which is of debt to be bestowed, we do not say that it may be bestowed, but it ought so to be, and it is injustice if it be not.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • While we think of this protracted cruelty of the author of his imprisonment, it is some consolation to know that he met with what we may well call a merited retribution.

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • Every useless word merited hell, and even excluded from the Church the children of God.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The misery is, that I can recollect so few anecdotes, and that I have recorded no more axioms of a man whose every word merited attention, and whose every sentiment did honour to human nature.

    Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson


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