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Meaning of demerit

de•mer•it

Pronunciation: (di-mer'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a mark against a person for misconduct or deficiency: If you receive four demerits during a term, you will be expelled from school.
  2. the quality of being censurable or punishable; fault; culpability.
  3. merit or desert.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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