A Word A Day : Meritorious

Thursday, 27th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : mèrri-táwree-ess

1. deserving honor and recognition

2. deserving honor, respect, or admiration

3. having merit


15th century - Latin meritorius - merere - earn


admirable, bang-up, boss, choice, commendable, creditable, deserving, estimable, excellent, exemplary, first chop, golden, good, good show, laudable, mad, meritable, mess, nifty, noble, praisable, praiseworthy, rad, right, righteous, ten, thankworthy, top drawer, virtuous, winner, world-beater, worthy, honorable


corrupt, discreditable, dishonorable, immoral, improper, unworthy, worthless, wrong

Contextual Examples:

• She was awarded a medal for meritorious service.

• In point of meritorious character, the two things seemed about equal.

• "As to the meritorious part," he said, "he readily agreed with the captain; for where could be the merit of barely discharging a duty?

Related Words:

meritoriously: Adverb

meritoriousness: Noun

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