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elders and betters
The people who are older than one and thus deserve respect. Because I'm supposed to respect my elders and betters, mom was pretty mad when she heard that I'd sassed grandma.
an ˌelder ˈstatesman
1 a person who has had an important job in government, business, etc. and who, though he/she may have retired (= stopped work), is still likely to be asked for his/her opinion and advice
2 any experienced and respected person whose advice or work is valued: He is regarded as TV’s elder statesman, having worked for the giant CBS network for nearly twenty years.
See also: elder