English noun: demerit
|1.||demerit (communication) a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces|
|Samples||Ten demerits and he loses his privileges.|
|Broader (hypernym)||brand, mark, stain, stigma|
|2.||demerit (attribute) the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection|
|Samples||They discussed the merits and demerits of her novel.|
He knew his own faults much better than she did.