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crusty

mod. feisty; gruff. (Very old, 1500s.) Unlike most crusty, old men, Jed hasn’t a single redeeming quality.
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My own gay brother pointed a finger at me and wagged it like an old man's cane, then crustily denounced me for taking away the dignity of another man's death.
THE VERDICT No one does crustily grumpy better than ol' Clint Eastwood these days, and he is the perfect fit here, playing an ageing baseball scout who is joined by the workaholic daughter he barely knows (Adams) on an assignment to watch an up-and-coming player.
Lewis; Robert Murray's revelation that Tolkien lamented the failure of the Goths to be converted to Trinitarian Christianity, thus confining much of ancient Germanic faith to Arianism rather than orthodoxy; Kenneth Craven's crustily reactionary essay on good and evil in Tolkien; as well as Ricardo Irigaray's discussion of the teleological dynamism in Tolkien that turns destiny into providence.
Somehow everybody ends up at the estate of Desiree's crustily wise mother, Madame Armfeldt (Annie Abbott), where the dowager and Desiree's prepubescent daughter Fredrika (Corrie Craig) get to watch every romantic entanglement make itself right or wrong.
People who are so-called non-religious can be as compassionate as those in organized orthodox religion," he said crustily.