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"Many have had that reputation who do not deserve it," said Robert.

If all be true that is said, Mr. Lovelace cannot deserve you.

The only man in the world, surely, that could offer so much, and deserve so little!

He, with an imperious air, bid me deserve his love, and I should be sure to have it.

And you deserve the best that the Harlowe House girls can give you.

They were not fonder of the lock-up than are most boys who deserve that punishment.

What he had done to deserve it was beyond his comprehension.

My ambition was excited to deserve his friendship, and to accomplish his predictions.

Well does he deserve it, for no man ever had a narrower chance for his life.

"Monsieur, my prayer is to deserve my bonheur," said Monsieur Giraud.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French deservir (Modern French desservir) "deserve, be worthy of, earn, merit," from Latin deservire "serve well," from de- "completely" (see de-) + servire "to serve" (see serve). From "be entitled to because of good service" (a sense found in Late Latin), meaning generalized c.1300 to "be worthy of." Related: Deserved; deserving.

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