“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 29 – 20 Words

eminent

having an illustrious reputation; respected

“Yeah, like Dr. Swenson, the eminent computer scientist,” Simon said.
subjective

taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

“We can’t get very far if we say everything is subjective, can we?”
provisionally

temporarily and conditionally

“So,” Simon said, “what you two are saying, if I can attempt a summary of it in my own words, is that no matter how we feel about some sort of ultimate truth—whether it exists, whether we can know it—we should provisionally assume that we can find an objective truth.”
paraphrase

express the same message in different words

“That was beautifully paraphrased,” she said.
cogent

powerfully persuasive

“I guess whoever builds the most cogent case for his philosophy should be the one we tentatively follow,” Jaz said.
tentative

under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

“I guess whoever builds the most cogent case for his philosophy should be the one we tentatively follow,” Jaz said.
compelling

tending to persuade or interest by forcefulness of argument

Whoever makes the most compelling case gets to say what we all should believe.
deplete

use up, as resources or materials

So, if the pragmatists, the guys who say we should look for meaning in observable practical consequences of ideas, are really on top of their game this season, we follow them rather than the existentialists, who’ve been kind of depleted by injuries to key personnel recently.
ennui

the feeling of being bored by something tedious

Dread, anguish, ennui, despair, meaninglessness, anxiety. What a litany of woe!
litany

any long and tedious address or recital

Dread, anguish, ennui, despair, meaninglessness, anxiety. What a litany of woe!”
alienated

socially disoriented

But you’re not completely alienated yet. Go home and immediately break off with all of your so-called friends.
cynical

believing the worst of human nature and motives

You’ve got to become more cynical. Don’t you know that they’re like everybody else, just acting friendly so they can get something out of you?
maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

What are you, some kind of maverick, actually trying to live an authentic, truly meaningful existence?
apostate

a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause

You’re an apostate, that’s what you are.
undermine

weaken or impair, especially gradually

You’ll undermine our whole game.
oxymoron

conjoined contradictory terms

It’s an oxymoron.
lugubrious

excessively mournful

The reading public wants long, lugubrious, indecipherable, tedious, pretentious books on being and not being, the pointlessness of existence
estranged

caused to be unloved

how we’re all alone in this vast, cold, impersonal universe—totally estranged from all other creatures
mammoth

so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant

Mammoth tomes they can fall asleep at night reading, thinking how lucky they are to not be as depressed as the author of the book must be.
cerebral

involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct

There’s just something irresistibly appealing about cerebral men who really try to understand life.

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