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demeritnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌdiːˈmer.ɪt/
formal a ​fault or ​disadvantage: We need to ​consider the ​merits and demerits of the ​plan. a ​mark given to someone, ​especially a ​student in a ​school, because they have done something ​wrong or ​broken a ​rule: She got three demerits forlateness on this term's ​report.
(Definition of demerit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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