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merit

Christianity spiritual credit granted or received for good works

merit

[′mer·ət]
(electronics)
A performance rating that governs the choice of a device for a particular application; it must be qualified to indicate type of rating, as in gain-bandwidth merit or signal-to-noise merit.
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Geoffrey Delamayn--commonly called "the honorable;" and meriting that distinction in more ways than one.
But as the mysterious influence seized her hand and sent it meriting across the paper, all the unusual passed out of the situation and she was unaware of more than a feeble curiosity.
and a roar would follow from all the circle of young knaves, usher and all, who rightly considered that the selling of goods by retail is a shameful and infamous practice, meriting the contempt and scorn of all real gentlemen.