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meritorious

 

George H. W. Bush awarding former President Ro...
George H. W. Bush awarding former President Ronald Reagan the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction in January 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

: meritorious \mair-uh-TOR-ee-us\ adjective

: worthy of reward, gratitude, honor, or esteem

Examples:

Mrs. Goodman received the town’s Meritorious Service Award for her untiring efforts to keep the library open. “In February 2011, President Barack Obama bestowed upon [Stan] Musial the

 

Moe turned down the Medal of Freedom during hi...
Moe turned down the Medal of Freedom during his lifetime; it was re-awarded after his death, with his sister accepting on his behalf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, which recognizes individuals who have made ‘an especially meritorious contribution to the security of national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.'” — From an article by John Jeansonne in Newsday (New York), January 20, 2013

Did you know?

People who demonstrate meritorious behavior certainly “earn” our respect, and you can use that fact to remember that “meritorious” ultimately traces to the Latin verb “merēre,” which means “to earn.” Nowadays, the rewards earned for meritorious acts are likely to be of an immaterial nature: gratitude, admiration, praise, etc. But that wasn’t always so. The history of “meritorious” recalls a reward more concrete in nature: money. The Latin word “meritorius,” an ancestor of the English “meritorious,” literally means “bringing in money.”

 

 

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