Deserve vs Demerit - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between deserve and demerit
is that deserve
is to be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have while demerit
is (archaic) to deserve.
As a noun demerit is
) a quality of being inadequate; a fault; a disadvantage.
To be entitled to, as a result of past actions; to be worthy to have.
:After playing so well, the team really deserved their win .
:After what he did, he deserved to go to prison .
:This argument deserves a closer examination.
*Bible, Job xi. 6
*:God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth .
*:John Gay deserved to be a favourite.
(obsolete) To earn, win.
*1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.vii:
*:That gentle Lady, whom I loue and serue, / After long suit and weary seruicis, / Did aske me, how I could her loue deserue , / And how she might be sure, that I would neuer swerue.
(obsolete) To reward, to give in return for service.
*:Gramercy saide the kynge / & I lyue sir Lambegus I shal deserue hit / And thenne sir Lambegus armed hym / and rode after as fast as he myghte
(obsolete) To serve; to treat; to benefit.
*:A man that hath / So well deserved me.
* See also
* This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See
(senseid) A quality of being inadequate; a fault; a disadvantage
* Sir W. Temple
- They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action.
A mark given for bad conduct to a person attending an educational institution or serving in the army.
*2002 , , by G.W.Bush:
*:A few of you have followed in the path of the perfect West Point graduate, Robert E. Lee, who never received a single demerit' in four years. Some of you followed in the path of the imperfect graduate, Ulysses S. Grant, who had his fair share of ' demerits , and said the happiest day of his life was "the day I left West Point." (Laughter.)
That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert.
- Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense.
- By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation.
* demerit point
(archaic) To deserve.
* 1840 , Alexander Campbell, Dolphus Skinner, A discussion of the doctrines of the endless misery and universal salvation (page 351)
- You hold that every sin is an infinite evil, demeriting endless punishment.
(archaic) To depreciate or cry down.
* Bishop John Woolton
- If I have demerited any love or thanks.
- Faith by her own dignity and worthiness doth not demerit justice and righteousness; but receiveth and embraceth the same offered unto us in the gospel