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Definition of demerit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    demerit

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//dɪˈmɛrət//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1[usually plural] a fault in something or a disadvantage of something the merits and demerits of the scheme
  2. 2a mark on someone's school record showing that they have done something wrong You'll get three demerits if you're caught smoking on school grounds.
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