“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 26 – 20 Words

anecdote

short account of an incident

“I mean, in your anecdote about the two guys arguing over expenditures on the space program.”
imperturbable

marked by extreme calm and composure

Professor James is the most imperturbable man in the world.
agitated

troubled emotionally and usually deeply

But this other fellow had him really agitated.
diabolical

showing cunning or ingenuity or wickedness

The guy was practically calling SETI diabolical—the work of the devil or something.
monologue

a dramatic speech by a single actor

Turns out that they’re both like total baseball freaks. So Simon rattles off a long funny monologue about Babe Ruth.
animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

It’s always different, but he always knows exactly what stratagems to use to bring people together and make them forget any animosities they might have.
meander

an aimless amble on a winding course

If it seems like there’s no coherence to the discussion, he picks a few threads out of all of these complex, meandering discussions and pulls them together.
elite

a group or class of persons enjoying superior status

They represent the elite of just about every field of human knowledge
catalyst

something that causes an important event to happen

We have very carefully selected the men and women we believed to be in a position to be the catalysts for a major change of direction in the course of humanity.
divulge

make known to the public information previously kept secret

She had already divulged far more than she had intended to.
intimidated

made scared or fearful as by threats

“But aren’t you sometimes a little intimidated by all these big name academics?”
beneficence

the quality of being kind or helpful or generous

There is so much beneficence and gentleness in her.
surpassing

far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

Jaz looked at Xela in the way a very pretty girl looks at a woman who is so surpassingly gorgeous that she seems like a goddess visiting Earth—with awe that such beauty exists.
tinge

a slight but appreciable amount

But Jaz did not feel the slightest tinge of jealousy.
composure

steadiness of mind under stress

She felt again that wonderful composure, and something that she could only describe as love.
dictate

a guiding principle

“But I guess ‘woman-to-woman’ would be more correct these days, at least according to the dictates of political correctness.”
inextricable

incapable of being disentangled or untied

“As always with me and Simon, Axel was somehow inextricably linked to us.”
karma

the effects of a person’s actions that determine his destiny

“It must be your karma,” Xela said.
incarnation

time passed in a particular bodily form

I mean, maybe the three of you were somehow linked in your previous incarnations.
recurring

coming back

“Axel is like this recurring motif in our lives, isn’t he?”

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