Demerit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |diːˈmerɪt|  American pronunciation of the word demerit
Brit.  |diːˈmerɪt|  British pronunciation of the word demerit


- a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces
ten demerits and he loses his privileges
- the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection (syn: fault)
they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel

Extra examples

Students are given demerits if they arrive late for classes. a typist she has the advantage of speed but the demerit of inaccuracy...

Word forms

singular: demerit
plural: demerits
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