Simple past tense and past participle of merit.(verb)
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Use "merited" in a sentence
"Its primary purpose was to pack these pages and obscure the simplicity of your primary argument, if that's a name merited by your bald assertion that verily this is that."
"In this taxonomy of transgression, original sin merited less punishment than did actual sins, as noted by the monk William in his debate with the heresiarch Henry of Lausanne (minori pena teneantur)."
"His widow might continue to hold her pious faith in him, and refuse to believe that his name merited obloquy; his child knew better."