And there were enough of them in Soviet times that they merited their own shout-out?
No word on if this outrageous sum, which Stewart raised for Hurricane Sandy relief, merited a smile from the famously surly star.
Tiny, pretty, and daring, Coleman merited frequent comparison to her white contemporary “aviatrix,” Amelia Earhart.
Whatever fulsome cliché of brilliance you want to attach to Hoffman is merited.
If Vargas Llosa had never written a single novel, his nonfiction alone would have merited the Nobel.
Harry Belfield confessed new crimes to an old accomplice; severity would have merited a smile.
It arose from a consciousness of guilt, and a dread of merited punishment.
Columbus was received upon his return with the great honour he merited for what he had accomplished.
Truth to tell he realized that he merited a rebuke for his lack of observation.
A letter in those days merited the attention it received, for it represented a vast deal of labor and expense.
c.1200, "spiritual credit" (for good works, etc.); c.1300, "spiritual reward," from Old French merite "wages, pay, reward; thanks; merit, moral worth, that which assures divine pity," and directly from Latin meritum "a merit, service, kindness, benefit, favor; worth, value, importance," neuter of meritus, past participle of merere, meriri "to earn, deserve, acquire, gain," from PIE root *(s)mer- "to allot, assign" (cf. Greek meros "part, lot," moira "share, fate," moros "fate, destiny, doom," Hittite mark "to divide" a sacrifice).
Sense of "worthiness, excellence" is from early 14c.; from late 14c. as "condition or conduct that deserves either reward or punishment;" also "a reward, benefit." Related: Merits. Merit system attested from 1880. Merit-monger was in common use 16c.-17c. in a sense roughly of "do-gooder."