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a. A quality or characteristic deserving of blame or censure; a fault.
b. Absence of merit.
2. A mark made against one's record for a fault or for misconduct.
[Middle English demerite, offense, from Old French desmerite, from Latin dēmeritum, from neuter past participle of dēmerēre, to deserve : dē-, de- + merēre, to earn; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]
de·mer′i·to′ri·ous (-tôr′ē-əs) adj.
1. something, esp conduct, that deserves censure
2. (Education) US and Canadian a mark given against a person for failure or misconduct, esp in schools or the armed forces
3. (Military) US and Canadian a mark given against a person for failure or misconduct, esp in schools or the armed forces
4. a fault or disadvantage
[C14 (originally: worth, later specialized to mean: something worthy of blame): from Latin dēmerērī to deserve]
1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency.
2. the quality of being censurable; fault; culpability.
3. Obs. offense.
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|Noun||1.||demerit - a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he loses his privileges"|
|2.||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"|
worth - the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful