noun de·mer·it \di-ˈmer-ət, dē-, -ˈme-rət\

: a mark that is made on the school record of a student who has done something wrong

: a bad quality in something or someone : a feature or part of something or someone that is unpleasant

Full Definition of DEMERIT

obsolete :  offense
a :  a quality that deserves blame or lacks merit :  fault, defect
b :  lack of merit
:  a mark usually entailing a loss of privilege given to an offender

Origin of DEMERIT

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French demerite, from Medieval Latin demeritum, from neuter of demeritus, past participle of demerēre to be undeserving of, from Latin, to earn, from de- + merēre to merit
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DEMERIT

DEMERIT Defined for Kids


noun de·mer·it \dē-ˈmer-ət\

Definition of DEMERIT for Kids

:  a mark placed against a person's record for doing something wrong


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