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EMERITUS (Lat. from emereri, to serve...

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Originally appearing in Volume V09, Page 332 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EMERITUS (Lat. from emereri, to serve out one's time, to earn thoroughly), a term used of Roman soldiers and public officials who had earned their discharge from the service, a veteran, and hence applied, in modern times, to a university professor (professor emeritus) who has vacated his chair, on account of long service, age or infirmity, and, in the Presbyterian church, to a minister who has for like reason given up his charge.
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