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 for demerit
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Demerit \De*mer"it\, n. [F. d['e]m['e]rite demerit (in sense 2),
     OF. demerite demerit (in sense 1), fr. L. demerere to deserve
     well, LL., to deserve well or ill; de- + merere to deserve.
     See De-, and Merit.]
     1. That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill;
        desert. [Obs.]
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              By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged
              their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation.
                                                    --Holland.
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     2. That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice;
        misconduct; -- the opposite of merit.
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              They see no merit or demerit in any man or any
              action.                               --Burke.
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              Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Temple.
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     3. The state of one who deserves ill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Demerit \De*mer"it\, v. t. [Cf. F. d['e]m['e]riter to deserve
     ill. See Demerit, n.]
     1. To deserve; -- said in reference to both praise and blame.
        [Obs.]
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              If I have demerited any love or thanks. --Udall.
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              Executed as a traitor . . . as he well demerited.
                                                    --State Trials
                                                    (1645).
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     2. To depreciate or cry down. [R.] --Bp. Woolton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Demerit \De*mer"it\, v. i.
     To deserve praise or blame.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  demerit
      n 1: a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually
           given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he loses
           his privileges"
      2: 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"
         [syn: demerit, fault] [ant: merit, virtue]

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