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de·mer·it

 (dĭ-mĕr′ĭt)
n.
1.
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.
de·mer′i·to′ri·ous·ly adv.

demerit

(diːˈmɛrɪt; ˈdiːˌmɛrɪt)
n
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]
deˌmeriˈtorious adj
deˌmeriˈtoriously adv

de•mer•it

(dɪˈmɛr ɪt)

n.
1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency.
2. the quality of being censurable; fault; culpability.
3. Obs. offense.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French desmerite) < Medieval Latin dēmeritum fault, n. use of neuter past participle of Latin dēmerēre to earn, win the favor of (dē- taken in Medieval Latin as privative, hence pejorative). See de-, merit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demerit - a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he loses his privileges"
stigma, stain, brand, mark - a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
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
merit, virtue - any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
Translations

demerit

[diːˈmerɪt] N (usu pl) → demérito m, desmerecimiento m

demerit

[diːˈmɛrɪt] n (= weak point) → démérite m
the demerits of sb/sth → les démérites de qn/qch

demerit

nSchwäche f, → Fehler m; (dated US: = black mark) → Minuspunkt m

demerit

[diːˈmɛrɪt] n (frm) → difetto
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Here, too, it is demeritorious to change from male to female when this happens in a society where females find themselves in a disadvantageous position because of their sex.
The Directors were also advised to ensure disciplinary action against those unqualified on the basis of their demeritorious activities.
Moreover, because we normally assume, like both early Buddhists and Jains, that the previous behavior of a plant is demeritorious, then we also normally presume that that being--because of its consumption of kamma as a plant--can, in time, only go on to a better rebirth.