From Latin emeritus.
retired but retaining an honorific version of previous title
- A person retired in this sense (feminine form emerita).
- Oh, you veteran crime reporter, you grave old usher, you once popular policeman, now in solitary confinement after gracing that school crossing for years, you wretched emeritus read to by a boy! — Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
Perfect passive participle of ēmereō (“‘earn, merit’”)
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