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Autocratic
the rule of one; overbearing
Canted
slanted at an angle (as in a window that opens on an angle)
Incandescence
shining or glowing brightly
Sanctioned
approved
Perused
(archaic -- to read carefully) currently, to look over more casually
Tremulous
trembling
Simp
also archaic, a not very intelligent person, short for simpleton
Finite
bounded by limits
Mullioned
the crisscross pattern of wood strips that hold windowpanes in place
Portentous
ominous, conveying the sense of impending, grave events
Dissembled
past tense of to deceive -- deceived
Cynical
completely distrusting and suspicious of most people & social institutions
disillusionment
an emotionally wrenching loss of some belief or false notion
beatniks
a counter-cultural group of the American 50s, epitomized by writers like Jack Kerouac (On the Road) & Allen Ginsberg (poet)
cudgel
to beat
sedately
serenely, calmly
credulity
naivete, too ready to believe or trust
dissemble
to disguise
banality
common, ordinary, and therefore dull
exotic
unusual, mysteriously attractive
talismanic
having a magical effect, as if from some charmed object, a talisman
sachet
a small bag or pouch filled with sweet smelling substances (like perfume)
runnels
streams
remonstrations
protests, rebukes
lewd
adjective, of a sexual nature
sadism
the act of taking pleasure in brutality toward another
gesticulated
to gesture very demonstratively
orthodox
the established beliefs, in this context referring to a more conservative Judaism
supplant
to take the place of something else
insatiable
adjective, impossible to satisfy
pogrom
a government-sponsored, official program of discrimination, even violence, against Jews