Definition of demerit:
- That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice; misconduct; - the opposite of merit.
- That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert.
- The state of one who deserves ill.
- To depreciate or cry down.
- To deserve praise or blame.
- To deserve; - said in reference to both praise and blame.
" When I skulk into a corner lest the rattling equipage of some gaping blockhead should mangle me in the mire, I am tempted to exclaim, 'What merits has he had, or what demerit have I had, in some previous state of existence, that he is ushered into this state of being with the sceptre of rule, and the keys of riches in his puny fist, and I am kicked into the world, the sport of folly, or the victim of pride?...- "Robert Burns", Principal Shairp.
We have a conviction that there is a line of conduct to which ourselves and others are bound by a certain kind of obligation;- a departure from this constitutes moral demerit or vice;- a correct observance of it constitutes virtue.- "The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings", John Abercrombie.
- "Frank Merriwell's Chums", Burt L. Standish.