dotard (n.) — an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile

Candlemas (n.) — a Christian festival held on February 2 to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary (after childbirth, according to Jewish Law) and the presentation of Christ in the Temple. Candles were traditionally blessed at this festival.

nebbish (n.) — a person, especially a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive

passel (n.) — a large group of people or things of indeterminate number; a pack

grouse (v.) — complain pettily; grumble

sundowner (n.) — a person with dementia who becomes increasingly irritable or difficult as the day progresses

tetchy (adj.) — bad-tempered and irritable

corodiary (n.) — one who receives charity

extrados (n.) — the upper or outer curve of an arch

lazar (n.) — a poor and diseased person, especially one afflicted by a feared, contagious disease such as leprosy

scriptorium (n.) — a room set apart for writing, especially one in a monastery where manuscripts were copied

vendue (n.) — a public auction

canard (n.) — an unfounded rumor or story

doff (v.) — remove (an item of clothing)


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