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Word: merit

Definition: good quality deserving praise; merits: aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval; Ex. judge each plan on its own merits; V: deserve; earn


Sentences Containing 'merit'

``I neither want any thanks, nor merit any,''was the careless rejoinder.
``To yield readily easily to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you.''
Miss Bennet eagerly disclaimed all extraordinary merit, and threw back the praise on her sister's warm affection.
The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.
There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just enough to make one good sort of man; and of late it has been shifting about pretty much.
It is beautiful and very extensive, and has the excellent merit of having been made mainly by nature.
``The scheme is well known,''said the inspector;``and the abbe's plan has not even the merit of originality.''
``You see,''said the young man, with an air of sorrowful resignation, to Faria,``that God deems it right to take from me any claim to merit for what you call my devotion to you.
Then, should anything appear to merit a more minute examination, Albert de Morcerf could follow up his researches by means of a small gate, similar to that close to the concierge's door, and which merits a particular description.
``What matter,''said Monte Cristo``if he has rendered the State services which merit this distinction?''
``For heaven's sake, Beauchamp,''returned Morcerf,``do not deprive me of the merit of introducing him everywhere.
``But, monsieur,''said the Count of Morcerf,``for a man of your merit, Italy is not a country, and France opens her arms to receive you; respond to her call.
``I assure your excellency,''said he,``that at least it shall be my study to merit your approbation in all things, and I will take M. Ali as my model.''
What is the use of time, rewards of merit, medals, crosses, Monthyon prizes, if they do not lead society towards more complete perfection?
Their agony formed part of their merit if they were not seen alive, they were despised when dead.''
``Oh,''cried Morrel, almost tempted to throw himself on his knees before Noirtier and Valentine, and to adore them as two superior beings,``what have I ever done in my life to merit such unbounded happiness?''
Next to the merit of infallibility which you appear to possess, I rank that of candidly acknowledging a fault.
Are not your name, your social position, and your merit sufficient?''
I maintain that the position of a man like you has done more than my name, my social position, and my merit.''
``You have guessed rightly, madame,''replied Monte Cristo, smiling;``in a week I shall have left this country, where so many persons who merit the vengeance of heaven lived happily, while my father perished of hunger and grief.''
I reached the age of twenty nine without loving, for none of the feelings I before then experienced merit the appellation of love.
``If the Supreme Being has directed the fatal blow,''said Emmanuel,``it must be that he in his great goodness has perceived nothing in the past lives of these people to merit mitigation of their awful punishment.''
``There is no great merit due to me, for we were informed of it.''
Now, supposing I am deceived, supposing this man has not been unhappy enough to merit happiness.
Their principal merit, however, arises from their beauty, which renders them peculiarly fit for the ornaments of dress and furniture.
The merit of their beauty is greatly enhanced by their scarcity.
In their eyes, the merit of an object, which is in any degree either useful or beautiful, is greatly enhanced by its scarcity, or by the great labour which it requires to collect any considerable quantity of it; a labour which nobody can afford to pay but themselves.
They are of no use but as ornaments; and the merit of their beauty is greatly enhanced by their scarcity, or by the difficulty and expense of getting them from the mine.
But the whole quantity of poultry which the farm in this manner produces without expense, must always be much smaller than the whole quantity of butcher's meat which is reared upon it; and in times of wealth and luxury, what is rare, with only nearly equal merit, is always preferred to what is common.
To which of them so important a preference shall be given, must be determined by some general rule, founded not upon the doubtful distinctions of personal merit, but upon some plain and evident difference which can admit of no dispute.
The church of Rome claims great merit in it; and it is certain, that so early as the twelfth century, Alexander III.
Our manufacturers have no doubt great merit with their country, but they cannot have more than those who defend it with their blood, nor deserve to be treated with more delicacy.
In all of them, indeed, as in all other free countries, the descendant of an old colony family is more respected than an upstart of equal merit and fortune; but he is only more respected, and he has no privileges by which he can be troublesome to his neighbours.
During the greater part of the sixteenth century, the Portuguese endeavoured to manage the trade to the East Indies in the same manner, by claiming the sole right of sailing in the Indian seas, on account of the merit of having first found out the road to them.
The son of a wise and brave man may, indeed, even among them, be somewhat more respected than a man of equal merit, who has the misfortune to be the son of a fool or a coward.
In most modern editions, it should be observed, his style has been smoothed and smartened, but without any reference to the original Spanish, so that if he has been made to read more agreeably he has also been robbed of his chief merit of fidelity.
Moral philosophy, or the science of human nature, may be treated after two different manners; each of which has its peculiar merit, and may contribute to the entertainment, instruction, and reformation of mankind.
By this means, we may make a kind of merit of our very ignorance.
There must, therefore, be a uniform experience against every miraculous event, otherwise the event would not merit that appellation.
My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit.
He is the least suspicious of mankind; and whether that's a merit, or whether it's a blemish, it deserves consideration in all dealings with the Doctor, great or small.'
And here, in the very first stage, I was supplanted by a shabby man with a squint, who had no other merit than smelling like a livery-stables, and being able to walk across me, more like a fly than a human being, while the horses were at a canter!
I can only claim the merit that I instantly reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not come either from the window or the door.
I may claim the merit of having originated the suggestion that the will should be looked for in the box.
I then put it to Miss Mills, to say whether she considered that there was or was not any practical merit in the suggestion I had been anxious to make, concerning the accounts, the housekeeping, and the Cookery Book?
'Oh, my dear, you never deserved it, and I loved you far too well to say a reproachful word to you, in earnest--it was all the merit I had, except being pretty--or you thought me so.
He began with compliments on my liberty; said “he might pretend to some merit in it;” but, however, added, “that if it had not been for the present situation of things at court, perhaps I might not have obtained it so soon.
He appeared, and confirmed the whole account: but with much more advantage to the captain, whose modesty had extenuated or concealed a great part of his merit.
Yet, in saying this, I do but indirectly burnish a little brighter the noble merit of the poem and the poet.
you cannot examine them closely enough to decide upon their merit.

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