Words for the Week
noun (plural mer·its)
1. value: value that deserves respect and acknowledgmenta work of considerable technical and artistic merit
2. good quality: a good or praiseworthy characteristic that somebody or something has ( often used in the plural )
3. ability: proven ability or accomplishmentShe got her promotion based on merit.
4. religion spiritual credit: spiritual worthiness achieved by doing good works
deserve something: to be worthy of or earn somethingSome people feel the award wasn't merited.This merits closer inspection.
[12th century. Via French mérite <>
favoritism shown to relatives: favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends, especially in appointing them to good positions
[Mid-17th century. <>