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meritorious
used in Oliver Twist

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deserving reward or praise
  • ...a tour of the house, and thinking, for the first time, that the poor-laws really were too hard on people; and that men who ran away from their wives, leaving them chargeable to the parish, ought, in justice to be visited with no punishment at all, but rather rewarded as meritorious individuals who had suffered much; Mr. Bumble came to a room where some of the female paupers were usually employed in washing the parish linen: when the sound of voices in conversation, now proceeded.
    Chapter 37 — In Which the Reader May Perceive a Contrast, Not Uncommon.... (42% in)

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