[ UK /dˈɛməɹˌɪt/ ]
[ US /diˈmɛɹət/ ]
NOUN
  1. a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces
    ten demerits and he loses his privileges
  2. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
    they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel
    he knew his own faults much better than she did
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How To Use demerit In A Sentence

  • The Literati: some honest opinions about autorial merits and demerits, etc. Life of Charles Dickens
  • Double demerit points for motorists caught speeding in 40 kph school zones was one suggestion put forward at a public forum last week.
  • A succade to follow your eggs, which you shall have if you demerit it. All's Well Alice's Victory
  • Drink driving is a crime and is expensive (double fines and double demerit points).
  • Double demerits will be in force for all traffic offences this Anzac Day long weekend.
  • I pulled her quick into the restroom, before a hall monitor could come and give us demerits.
  • Instead, he surveys the answers and disagreements found in the vast literature of the subject, giving his own incisive judgment on the merits and demerits of the various authors concerned.
  • Est porcus ille qui sacerdotem ex amplitudine redituum sordide demeritur. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • In the paper, she highlighted various merits and demerits of the mechanically operated automatic toothbrush as against the manually operated one.
  • To be fair I haven't ever been at a Compromise or International rules match so I can't really comment on its merits or demerits but I can offer an opinion.
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