merit, n. 1. a praiseworthy quality; Middle English (14th c.), from Middle French merite, from Latin meritum "to deserve." 2. in gamerese, a character attribute or stat designed to give a bonus or special ability, often in return for taking flaws. Ex: "I attack him with my Razor Claws." "Razor Claws?? That's a four-point merit! How the hell could you afford that?" [GJ1]