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English definition of “demerit”

demerit

noun [C]     /ˌdiːˈmer.ɪt/
formal a fault or disadvantage : We need to consider the merits and demerits of the plan .Faults and mistakes 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 for lateness on this term's report .Marks and results
(Definition of demerit noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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