meritorious

[ mer-i-tawr-ee-uhs ]

Usage Over Time

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

deserving praise, reward, esteem, etc.; praiseworthy

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English; Latin

(in the sense ‘entitling a person to reward’): from late Latin meritorius (from merit- ‘earned’, from the verb mereri ) + -ous

Synonyms

  • exemplary
  • praiseworthy
  • admirable

Antonyms

  • corrupt
  • dishonorable
  • immoral
  • improper
  • unworthy
  • wrong

Example

The team had a plaque made for his meritorious service.

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