demerit mark

mark given for bad behavior

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • demerit — ► NOUN 1) something deserving blame or criticism; a fault. 2) N. Amer. a mark awarded against someone for a fault or offence …   English terms dictionary

  • demerit — [dē mer′it, dimer′it] n. [ME & OFr demerite < ML demeritum, fault < pp. of demerere, to forfeit, not merit, with meaning altered ( de taken in negative sense) < L, to merit < de , intens. + merere, to deserve] 1. a quality deserving… …   English World dictionary

  • demerit — UK [diːˈmerɪt] / US [dɪˈmerɪt] noun [countable] Word forms demerit : singular demerit plural demerits 1) [usually plural] a fault or other bad quality the merits and demerits of the agreement 2) mainly American a mark or record that shows someone …   English dictionary

  • demerit — de|mer|it [di:ˈmerıt] n 1.) formal a bad quality or feature of something demerit of ▪ The merits and demerits (=the good and bad qualities) of this argument have been explored. 2.) AmE a mark showing that a student has behaved badly at school… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • demerit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. black mark, minus, fault; defect, failing. See error, disapprobation. Ant., [gold] star, credit. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. fault, mark against one, bad mark, loss of points, loss of credit, loss of… …   English dictionary for students

  • demerit — noun Etymology: 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • demerit — demeritorious /di mer i tawr ee euhs, tohr /, adj. demeritoriously, adv. /di mer it/, n. 1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency: If you receive four demerits during a term, you will be expelled from school. 2. the quality of… …   Universalium

  • demerit — de|mer|it [ di merıt ] noun count 1. ) AMERICAN a mark or record that shows someone has done something wrong 2. ) usually plural a fault or other bad quality: the merits and demerits of the agreement …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • demerit — de·mer·it || diː merɪt n. mark against a person for misconduct …   English contemporary dictionary

  • demerit — noun 1》 a feature or fact deserving censure. 2》 N. Amer. a mark awarded against someone for a fault or offence. Derivatives demeritorious tɔ:rɪəs adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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