“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 36 – 20 Words

gesticulate

show, express, or direct through movement

The other women were looking at her as she talked, gesticulating expressively.
minute

infinitely or immeasurably small

Miss Bridget was looking intently at Christine, and seemed to be following the most minute changes in Christine’s facial expressions.
resonate

evoke or suggest a strong meaning or belief

You could see her whole body resonate to Christine’s expressions.
alchemy

the way two individuals relate to each other

Miss Bridget had, presumably, received Christine’s emotion, processed it by whatever complex alchemy females process feelings, and then returned it, with her own feelings added.
stigmatize

condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

Now, Simon thought, if a guy listened to another guy like that—actually tried to listen—he’d be totally stigmatized, maybe even ostracized, for violating the onerous, totally unyielding statutes of Guy World.
ostracize

expel from a community or group

Now, Simon thought, if a guy listened to another guy like that—actually tried to listen—he’d be totally stigmatized, maybe even ostracized, for violating the onerous, totally unyielding statutes of Guy World.
statute

an act passed by a legislative body

Now, Simon thought, if a guy listened to another guy like that—actually tried to listen—he’d be totally stigmatized, maybe even ostracized, for violating the onerous, totally unyielding statutes of Guy World.
preposterous

inviting ridicule

It was preposterous.
rapacious

excessively greedy and grasping

It seemed almost aggressive, even rapacious at times, the listening.
enervate

weaken mentally or morally

It must be exhausting, Simon thought—completely enervating.
harrowing

causing extreme distress

No wonder most women didn’t really bother much with those movies—they had their own far more harrowing movies.
hirsute

having or covered with hair

His shirt was open, showing much of his hirsute chest.
hiatus

an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

All three women had a look of total aloofness, like all they were thinking about in the whole world was what they were going to discuss after this little hiatus in the action.
megalomania

a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

But that smacked of megalomania.
din

a loud harsh or strident noise

DelMonico’s was, as usual, packed, so there was a din.
intermittent

stopping and starting at irregular intervals

Simon was not an expert lip-reader, but he could make out a few words intermittently—quarterback, nice, so he—but nothing continuous.
inconspicuous

not prominent or readily noticeable

As inconspicuously as he could, he craned his neck.
propensity

a disposition to behave in a certain way

People at gabfests seemed to have a propensity for saving the really juicy bits for later so they could look forward to them.
relish

derive or receive pleasure from

That way, when they finally got around to them, which, it appeared, could be several hours from now, they could be relished all the more.
nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

But not nearly as satisfying as analyzing it in depth, examining every nuance, every scenario, every implication.

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