Merit vs Achievement - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between merit and achievement

is that merit is something deserving positive recognition while achievement is the act of achieving or performing; a successful performance; accomplishment.

As a verb merit

is to earn or to deserve.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • Something deserving positive recognition.
  • His reward for his merit was a check for $50.
  • Something worthy of a high rating.
  • A claim to commendation or reward.
  • The quality of deserving reward.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Reputation is oft got without merit , and lost without deserving.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • To him the wit of Greece and Rome was known, / And every author's merit , but his own.
  • Reward deserved; any mark or token of excellence or approbation.
  • His teacher gave him ten merits .
  • * Prior
  • those laurel groves, the merits of thy youth
  • (obsolete) The quality or state of deserving either good or bad; desert.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Be it known, that we, the greatest, are misthought / For things that others do; and when we fall, / We answer others' merits in our name.


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    (en verb)
  • To earn or to deserve.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited .}}
  • To be worthy or deserving.
  • (obsolete, rare) To reward.
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    (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • The act of achieving or performing; a successful performance; accomplishment
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement .}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author= , title=Well-connected Brains , volume=100, issue=2, page=171 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work. The achievement will transform neuroscience and serve as the starting point for asking questions we could not otherwise have answered, […].}}
  • A great or heroic deed or feat; something accomplished by valor or boldness
  • * [The exploits] of the ancient saints do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. - (Isaac Barrow)
  • * The highest achievements of the human intellect. - (Thomas Babington Macaulay)
  • (heraldry) An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment.
  • (video games) An award for completing a particular task or meeting an objective in a video game.