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merecer (Verb) "to deserve"
12th cent. From Vulgar Latin *merescere 'id.,' from merere "to deserve" and the inchoative suffix -escere (see -ecer). Latin merere is from Proto-Italic *mer-ē- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *(s)mr-eh1 "to earn," "to deserve."
Indo-European
Romance
Portuguese merecer, Galician merecer, Catalan merèixer, French mériter, Italian meritare, Romanian merita
Balto-Slavic
Old Irish mart "fated death," Old Welsh marth "wonder" (however Middle Welsh marth "untimely death"), Cornish marth "miracle," Breton marzh 'id.'
Hellenic
Ancient Greek μόρος (móros) "destiny," "death," μείρομαι (meíromai) "I receive as apportioned"