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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·mer·it /dɪˈmɛrət, di-/
 缺點,短處,過失

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·mer·it, v. i. To deserve praise or blame.
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·mer·it, v. t.
 1. To deserve; -- said in reference to both praise and blame. [Obs.]
    If I have demerited any love or thanks.   --Udall.
    Executed as a traitor . . . as he well demerited.   --State Trials (1645).
 2. To depreciate or cry down. [R.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·mer·it n.
 1. That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert. [Obs.]
    By many benefits and demerits whereby they obliged their adherents, [they] acquired this reputation.   --Holland.
 2. That which deserves blame; ill desert; a fault; a vice; misconduct; -- the opposite of merit.
    They see no merit or demerit in any man or any action.   --Burke.
    Secure, unless forfeited by any demerit or offense.   --Sir W. Temple.
 3. The state of one who deserves ill.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 demerit
      n 1: a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually
           given in school or armed forces; "ten demerits and he
           loses his privileges"
      2: the quality of being inadequate or falling short of
         perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her
         novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
         [syn: fault] [ant: merit]