earned, gained, deserved


  • meretricious

    Something meretricious seems good and useful; in fact, it’s just showy and does not have much value at all.

  • meritorious

    Someone who is meritorious is worthy of receiving recognition or is praiseworthy because of what they have accomplished.

  • emeritus

    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.

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