: meritorious \mair-uh-TOR-ee-us\ adjective
: worthy of reward, gratitude, honor, or esteem
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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