Latin; plural, emeriti. The Romans applied this word - which comes from the verb emerere, to gain by service - to a soldier who had served out his time; hence, in the Supreme Councils of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the USA, an active member, who resigns his seat by reason of age, infirmity, or for other cause deemed good by the Council, may be elected an Emeritus member, and will possess the privilege of proposing measures and being heard in debate, but not of voting.

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