earned, gained, deserved
Something meretricious seems good and useful; in fact, it’s just showy and does not have much value at all.
Someone who is meritorious is worthy of receiving recognition or is praiseworthy because of what they have accomplished.
The adjective emeritus refers to a leader or professional who is retired—and often who gave distinguished service—and still retains their title, such as a professor or president.
a mark against a person for misconduct or failure
any admirable quality or attribute
be worthy or deserving
a female leader or professional who is retired
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