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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj meritable deserving reward or praise "a lifetime of meritorious service","meritorious conduct"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782. It's a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.
    • a Meritable Deserving of reward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meritable Having merit; meritorious.
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  • Torquato Tasso
    Torquato Tasso
    “None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such; it is an accident, not a property of man.”
  • Homer
    “How vain, without the merit, is the name.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.”
  • Francesco Petrarch
    Francesco Petrarch
    “It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.”


In literature:

There is little merit, I should think, in abstaining from such a constant use of medicine.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
Every case must be judged upon its own merits.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
The lines well merit transcription.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
Menage says that Poggius, who died in 1459, has the merit of its invention; but I suspect he only related a very popular story.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Compared with many of the recent varieties, it has little merit, and is not a profitable sort for extensive cultivation.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
So far as style is concerned its merits have not yet been questioned.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
BAGATELLA, Antonio, Padua, made both Violins and Violoncellos, a few of which have points of merit.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Literary persons did not consider its merits quite equal to the promise given in its predecessor.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
It is by our acts that we merit.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
But our familiarity with works of this class tends to obscure their wonderful merit as time-savers and eye-savers.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
But her merits were not recognized in Islington.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
But that he had the guns, we discovered afterwards, which adds to his merit.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Her tenderness was severe, meting out punishment and reward with equal justice; merit and demerit, she took both into account.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
If the period under consideration had prominent vices, it had also distinguished merits.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
In nearly every case, the intrinsic merit has improved as the thing went on, but it has ceased to be a novel merit.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
It would have all merits and concede to Abel none.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
This he did in his happiest manner, covering Mr. Irving's defeat by a glowing eulogy of his literary merits.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
The teachers there found merit in the verses.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
The merely literary merits of this great book are equal to its philosophical merits.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Some weep to share the fame of the deceased, So high in merit, and to them so dear.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young

In poetry:

I have but Thee, my Father! let Thy spirit
Be with me then to comfort and uphold;
No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit,
Nor street of shining gold.
"At Last" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So dew-drops fall on some rare flow'r,
That merits all their fost'ring care,
As tho' they knew that, by their pow'r,
Grateful 'twould wider scent the air.
"Lines To Fortune" by Sir John Carr
A bard of merit also notice claims,
Who wrote in numbers "musical and terse,"
Translating, (to immortalize his name),
Lucan 's "Pharsalia" into English verse.
"Enigma XXX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Then pardon, holy prophet,
Nor let a just resentment of thy wrongs,
And long neglected merit, shut thy heart
Against a king's request, a suppliant king.
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
DEFENDANT Hear me, hear me, if you please,
These are very strange proceedings—
For permit me to remark
On the merits of my pleadings,
You're at present in the dark.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thus they, thro' their pride, both obnoxious became
To the pains to such crimes justly due,
And we, their descendants, all merit the same,
So close we their footsteps pursue.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Mexican government's contention that the US is dumping pork into their country is politically motivated and without merit, says Dave Roper, president of the National Pork Producers Council and a producer from Kimberly, ID.
One of your questions merited a follow-up, mostly because it pointed out an important nuance in Tuesday's post on the potential for personal seat licenses (PSLs) at the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.
Hailing the merits of morning mixology - the Mango Mimosa .
The casino industry has spent $2 million so far just in the Baltimore television market to bombard the airwaves with commercials fighting the merits of expanding gambling in Maryland.
Even some preservationists are not convinced of its merits.
The first Purple Heart Medal, originally referred to as the Badge of Military Merit, was issued during the Revolutionary War by George Washington.
'Listen to This' from Alex Ross merits place on every music lover 's bookshelf.
Marie City Manager Spencer Nebel with a 2012 Special Award of Merit during the League's annual convention on October 4 at Mackinac Island.
I estimate that one-fourth of the questions parents ask me involve issues or behaviors that merit little if any concern.
The moral and culinary merits of exotic flesh.
But Sunny Anand, for one, says the idea may have merit.
Despite Austin's musical omnipresence, some national albums merited rating.
'08 campaign proved social media's merits.
And the issue is not without merit.
Niger rower 's painfully slow finish draws questions about his Olympic merit.

In science:

Of course, the merit of a particular model establishes itself when it leads to a definite positive conclusion.
Information Loss Paradox Tested on Chiral Fermion Coupled to a Background Dilatonic Field
We focus on supernova surveys in the light of the figure of merit defined by the Dark Energy Task Force.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We discuss the lack of information of the DETF figure of merit to discriminate among dark energy models and compare the different representations that can help to distinguish ΛCDM from other theoretical models.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
To estimate the sensitivity of an experimental survey, named ”a data model”, one needs to define figures of merit (FoM), related to the statistical error of the w(z ) parameters.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
DETF figure of merit with (bullets) and without (stars) systematic errors.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
In this section, we optimize the depth zmax using the figure of merit on data models that have a fixed number of SN but a different zmax .
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
The DETF figure of merit (unnormalized) as a function of zmax with the same labels as fig.3.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We have studied, using the DETF figure of merit, the optimisation and interpretation of future supernova surveys compared to the forthcoming ground precision.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We find that the DETF figure of merit is a good approach for testing the optimisation of a survey.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
The DETF figure of merit is very powerful to show the difference in sensitivities of surveys with large statistics compared to deep surveys with smaller statistics.
Sensitivity and figures of merit for dark energy supernovae surveys
We note however that χ2 is used here only as a figure-of-merit, and not as a means for hypothesis testing or rejection.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
Imposing additional constraints or “priors” on specific parameters generally will improve the figures of merit.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
It is thus Eve’s task to discriminate between these states as best as she can, by a suitable POVM, whereby the figure of merit is the accessed information, equal to the mutual information between Eve and Alice that results from the chosen POVM.
Raw-data attacks in quantum cryptography with partial tomography
The merit of rewriting this way is that the weight (7.17) has a similar form to (4.27) for tGUE.
Fluctuations of the one-dimensional asymmetric exclusion process using random matrix techniques
The relative merits and difficulties of each option will be further studied in detail before a final de cision is reached.
Performance Studies of Prototype II for the CASTOR forward Calorimeter at the CMS Experiment