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demerit

US and Canadian a mark given against a person for failure or misconduct, esp in schools or the armed forces
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Moreover, because we normally assume, like both early Buddhists and Jains, that the previous behavior of a plant is demeritorious, then we also normally presume that that being--because of its consumption of kamma as a plant--can, in time, only go on to a better rebirth.
Of the three (sattva, rajas, and tamas), tamas or "darkness" is the quality of heaviness, opaqueness, envelopment, impenetrability, and obstruction--of inertia, lethargy, impotence, latency, and stagnation; of foolishness, dissoluteness, confusion, attachment, and ignorance--and is an attribute of being resulting from demeritorious karma in the past.
Karma is not only an individual's stock of meritorious and demeritorious actions accomplished throughout one's successive existences and influencing one's becoming, it is also a collective making and something which bears collective results.