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Definition deserving reward or praise
  • I have three friends who are more meritorious and more worthy—
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Gedney and his crew had acted meritoriously and were entitled to salvage in the percentages and within the stipulations declared by Judge Judson.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He carried himself with pride, as though, forsooth, he had achieved a deed praiseworthy and meritorious.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I know well that courage is required to leave, that it is hard; but the harder it is, the more meritorious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I'll have the cudgel hallowed and hung o'er the altar; it hath done meritorious service.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A simple act of piety (and so far infinitely meritorious), but otherwise without much importance.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • It might not even be a person who—in their estimation—was more meritorious than the one rejected.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • By a single stroke, the most criminal acts must be converted to heroic and meritorious deeds.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • In point of meritorious character, the two things seemed about equal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "No," said Monte Cristo, "which is precisely the reason which renders your kindness more meritorious,—it is in the country."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The one idea that had ever got through poor Marek's thick head was that all exertion was meritorious.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • And Mr. Richard Carstone, who has so meritoriously acquitted himself in the—shall I say the classic shades?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • But what had her mission, however meritorious or inspired, to do with real family life?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Islam improved the position of slaves compared to their status in pre-Islamic societies, and the Koran encourages the freeing of slaves as a meritorious act.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • It seemed as if there were moments when he could by no means have sworn but that the old man was an ancient retainer of his, who had been meritoriously faithful.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • They probably considered the act meritorious, and that which neither of them would have hesitated to perform in his own person, he would not be apt to censure in another.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • But there was still a tradition of affection for him, and it came to be regarded as meritorious and luck-bringing to climb to Shangri-La and leave a simple gift, or perform some manual task that was needed there.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • If, on the other hand, he is an emotional, gullible man, feed him on minor poets and fifth-rate novelists of the old school until you have made him believe that "Love" is both irresistible and somehow intrinsically meritorious.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "I will na believe such calumny of the leddies, nor sic' a reproach on my own skill," returned the Quartermaster, growing more and more Scotch as he warmed with his feelings; "it's a conspiracy to rob a meritorious man of his dues."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder

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