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  • n. A bounty awarded to a soldier upon the completion of his term of service.

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From the Latin ēmeritum ("a thing earned upon completion of a term of service"), a substantive use of the neuter singular form of ēmeritus ("earned”, “merited”, “having been earned”; “served”, “having done one’s service"), the perfect passive participle of ēmereō ("I earn”, “I merit").

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