benefice: position (as that of a priest) in a church that has a source of income attached to it
desuetude: a state of inactivity or disuse
escheat: a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs
salutary: good; tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
timorous: fearful; timid by nature or revealing timidity
munificent: lavish; very generous
emolument: compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)
propinquity: one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people.
taille: a direct land tax on the French peasantry and non-nobles in Ancien Régime France.