(noun, verb)


1. a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces

- ten demerits and he loses his privileges

Definition categories: communication, brand, mark, stain, stigma

2. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

- they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel

Similar word(s): fault

Definition categories: attribute, worth


1. (transitive, archaic) To deserve.

2. (transitive, archaic) To depreciate or cry down.