“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 25 – 20 Words

proverbial

widely known and spoken of

Sometimes an intellectual with a big idea is like the proverbial dog with his bone—he just won’t let go of it.
orchestrate

plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

“So, Simon sort of orchestrates the whole show?”
faze

disturb the composure of

I guess you could say he keeps everyone’s feathers nice and smooth. He’s really something to watch in action. Nothing fazes him.
altercation

a noisy quarrel

We had two guys having an altercation over whether it’s worth spending money on looking for extraterrestrial life—the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program (SETI) and all that.
liberal

a person who favors a philosophy of progress and reform

Now, both of these guys are basically liberals, favoring lavish spending of government money to solve—or at least ameliorate—social problems and help solve these intractable problems such as malnutrition that the world faces.
lavish

very generous

Now, both of these guys are basically liberals, favoring lavish spending of government money to solve—or at least ameliorate—social problems and help solve these intractable problems such as malnutrition that the world faces.
ameliorate

make better

Now, both of these guys are basically liberals, favoring lavish spending of government money to solve—or at least ameliorate—social problems and help solve these intractable problems such as malnutrition that the world faces.
intractable

difficult to manage or mold

Now, both of these guys are basically liberals, favoring lavish spending of government money to solve—or at least ameliorate—social problems and help solve these intractable problems such as malnutrition that the world faces.
profligate

recklessly wasteful

All that expensive equipment. Totally profligate.
disaffected

discontented as toward authority

Just something for the disaffected, aimless bourgeoisie to amuse themselves with while Africa starves.
bourgeoisie

the social class between the lower and upper classes

Just something for the disaffected, aimless bourgeoisie to amuse themselves with while Africa starves.
apologist

a person who argues to defend some policy or institution

I mean he could be the chief apologist for NASA’s most extravagant programs.
extravagant

recklessly wasteful

I mean he could be the chief apologist for NASA’s most extravagant programs.
polar

characterized by opposite extremes

In this one area he’s the polar opposite of the other fellow.
consortium

a cooperative association among institutions or companies

It seems that this guy Dr. James turns out to be the person behind this powerful consortium of companies that is doing some secret work on UFOs for the government.
federal

of a government with central and regional authorities

He thought it might be just more black ops (covert operations, basically) by certain elements in the federal government to throw people off the scent of the far-out stuff
premonition

an early warning about a future event

“I have a premonition that you’ll find out something very important over the next few days, Jaz,” Xela said.
bureaucracy

unnecessary procedures that obstruct action

He knows his way around the bureaucracy in Washington—who the important people are, the influential lobbyists, how to get things done.
lobbyist

someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote

He knows his way around the bureaucracy in Washington—who the important people are, the influential lobbyists, how to get things done.
faction

a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

And he always makes sure he doesn’t get caught supporting one faction against another.

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