“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 28 – 20 Words

autonomous

free from external control and constraint

I mean, here you’re supposed to almost rebel against your parents, establish your own identity, be autonomous. Otherwise you’re not quite a real person in this society.
ironic

displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is

“You know, it’s sort of ironic,” Simon said.
filial

relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring

“I mean, the conservative value of filial piety was what made you follow your father, who was, presumably, trying to make you more open in your outlook.”
piety

righteousness by virtue of being religiously devout

“I mean, the conservative value of filial piety was what made you follow your father, who was, presumably, trying to make you more open in your outlook.”
citadel

a stronghold for shelter during a battle

“The citadel of democracy and capitalism—Burgers, hot dogs, football, Hollywood, cable, MTV, 1,000 brands of breakfast cereal, guns—and, of course, guys like me.”
stasis

inactivity resulting from a balance between opposing forces

And then there’s insanely cold, where your cells stop functioning at the molecular level. I mean it’s like they’re in stasis or something.
inconsequential

lacking worth or importance

There are so many little things that seem inconsequential when you grow up in a place, but to an outsider they’re really critical to know.
pragmatism

the doctrine that practical consequences determine value

“I’ve always prided myself on my pragmatism,” Simon said.
stratum

one of several parallel layers of material

you have to dress so you’re covered in many strata of clothes.
thermal

relating to or associated with heat

That way you can adjust to the temperature around you by taking stuff off or putting it back on so you maintain thermal equilibrium.
equilibrium

a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

That way you can adjust to the temperature around you by taking stuff off or putting it back on so you maintain thermal equilibrium.”
inexorable

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

It seems funny now, but I was completely clueless, wandering around in my sari and a little sweater, wondering why my life force seemed to be inexorably ebbing away, and why everything always seemed kind of blurry.
debilitating

impairing strength and vitality

The cold was completely debilitating.
hyperbole

extravagant exaggeration

“Well, maybe a little hyperbole,” Simon said.
creed

any system of principles or beliefs

“I thought it was against the creed of modern women to use their charms on a guy to get something.”
proximity

the region close around a person or thing

Is your roommate in the proximity of this room? That was him we heard singing before, wasn’t it Simon?
orthodoxy

a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards

You said your father wanted you to challenge the beliefs—the orthodoxies—you had been taught, right?
presupposition

an assumption made in advance

His basic tenet is that a person needs to challenge his or her presuppositions, to inquire about the world, to ask why things are a certain way, to ask if his or her beliefs are congruent with reality.
edifice

a structure that has a roof and walls

But, as we were discussing before, wasn’t he afraid that in doing that you might lose your moral foundation, an unshakable edifice of values that you don’t question, beliefs that are immutable truths and that give your life meaning?
immutable

not subject or susceptible to change or variation

But, as we were discussing before, wasn’t he afraid that in doing that you might lose your moral foundation, an unshakable edifice of values that you don’t question, beliefs that are immutable truths and that give your life meaning?

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