“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 3 – 20 Words

diligent

characterized by care and perseverance in carrying out tasks

She’s a very diligent student.
affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

“And you know, come to think of it, a little chat can never do any harm. I guess I’m just a naturally affable guy.”
gambit

a strategic maneuver

“I hope you don’t take this as a gambit by me to pick you up,” said Simon.
circumspect

careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk

The girl laughed, but seemed rather circumspect.
speculate

talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way

“If I may be allowed to speculate, you’re an art major, right?”
conjecture

the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence

Your conjecture is accurate.
astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

How astute. How could you tell?
inexplicable

incapable of being explained or accounted for

And then, for some inexplicable reason, he violated, in one moment, two of his own cardinal rules
cardinal

serving as an essential component

And then, for some inexplicable reason, he violated, in one moment, two of his own cardinal rules
embellish

add details to

one, never embellish your line—keep it simple, sincere, and direct; two, focus completely on the job at hand.
aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

“Maybe it’s because you tickled my aesthetic sensibility,” he said.
sensibility

mental responsiveness and awareness

“Maybe it’s because you tickled my aesthetic sensibility,” he said.
admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

Simon admonished himself for his pretentious and pedantic language.
pretentious

intended to attract notice and impress others

Simon admonished himself for his pretentious and pedantic language.
pedantic

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning

Simon admonished himself for his pretentious and pedantic language.
exotic

strikingly strange or unusual

Sometimes all these exotic words just seemed to come tumbling spontaneously out of his mouth.
spontaneously

without advance preparation

Sometimes all these exotic words just seemed to come tumbling spontaneously out of his mouth.
inscribe

write, engrave, or print as a lasting record

Three years ago, Axel said that he would make sure the words were inscribed in my memory, Simon thought.
inopportune

not suitable for a purpose

Unfortunately, this time they had come out of his mouth at a very inopportune moment.
forlorn

marked by or showing hopelessness

Not fancy, but at least it bought some time, and if there was time, there was hope, however forlorn.

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