“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 22 – 20 Words

serene

completely clear and calm

“What a beautiful voice! So serene and ethereal.”
ethereal

of heaven or the spirit

“What a beautiful voice! So serene and ethereal.”
evocative

serving to bring to mind

There’s something about that tune. It’s so evocative.
elusive

difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

You know, I think I’ve heard it, but it’s elusive. I reach for it, then it’s gone.
abstruse

difficult to penetrate

“Sounds like me trying to remember some abstruse mathematical theorem.”
construe

make sense of; assign a meaning to

And everybody gets something different out of it—something that sort of speaks right to the heart. Everyone construes the words differently.
ballad

a narrative poem of popular origin

Well, they’re not really ballads. There’s no narrative really.
lyrical

expressing deep emotion

They’re just so lyrical, they make you feel the most amazing things.
nebulous

lacking definition or definite content

But, you know, come to think of it, I can’t really remember very many specifics. It’s kind of nebulous.
infer

conclude by reasoning

“Simon, I thought you said Axel was”—she smiled—“a ‘100 percent cognitive dude’. If that’s true, then why …?” She let him infer what the rest of her question was.
ruminate

reflect deeply on a subject

Simon looked at the ground, ruminating, listening to another tune coming out of Axel’s room into the night.
paradoxical

seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true

It’s kind of paradoxical. He’s a complex guy.
doleful

filled with or evoking sadness

It’s kind of doleful, and yet at the same time it suggests that there is some sort of ultimate meaning to life, that there are eternal verities in the universe.
verity

an enduring or necessary ethical or aesthetic truth

It’s kind of doleful, and yet at the same time it suggests that there is some sort of ultimate meaning to life, that there are eternal verities in the universe.
dulcet

pleasing to the ear

And it’s the most dulcet, soothing music I have ever heard. It is just so beautiful.
tremulous

quivering as from weakness or fear

His voice was tremulous.
melancholy

characterized by or causing or expressing sadness

Less melancholy.
mesmerize

induce hypnosis in

“Yes, I’m from Orion. And I’m on a mission to abduct you. Let me mesmerize you first,” she said.
stipulate

make an express demand or provision in an agreement

“Hey, what law stipulates that aliens can’t be sublimely beautiful?”
ruse

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

“It would be a great ruse, you know.”

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