woman whose spouse has died
A widow is a woman whose spouse has died and a widower is a man whose spouse has died.
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- She is concerned for the orphan and concerned for the widow.
She does not forget the man who helps others,
she is a mother for the orphan;
Nance, a carer for the widow,
who always finds advice for the debt-slave;
the lady who gives protection for refugees.
She seeks out a place for the weak.
She swells his collecting basket for him;
she makes his collecting vessel profitable for him.
For the righteous maiden who has taken her path,
Nance chooses a young man of means.
Nance raises a secure house like a roof over the widow who could not remarry.
- WIDOW, n. A pathetic figure that the Christian world has agreed to take humorously, although Christ's tenderness towards widows was one of the most marked features of his character.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911).