“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 4 – 20 Words

sarcasm

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

Sarcasm, he knew, was a hazard of the battlefield.
legitimate

in accordance with accepted standards or principles

Ridicule was a harsh weapon, but a legitimate one that a girl could deploy if some jerk was trying to bug her.
deploy

use or distribute systematically or strategically

Ridicule was a harsh weapon, but a legitimate one that a girl could deploy if some jerk was trying to bug her.
prerogative

a right reserved exclusively by a person or group

It was a female prerogative.
countenance

the appearance conveyed by a person’s face

Suddenly, the girl’s countenance was transformed. The most glorious smile Simon had ever seen illuminated her face.
incandescent

characterized by ardent emotion, intensity, or brilliance

Simon saw beams of light streaming from her eyes. She was incandescent, radiating love.
clemency

leniency and compassion shown toward offenders

Surely, he thought, this was an angel come to show me clemency in the middle of battle.
supernal

of heaven or the spirit

For a moment, Simon was transported into some supernal realm far from Earth.
benign

pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence

He recalled Axel helping him with his last political science paper—“Globalization: Benign Trend or Malignant Growth in the Body Politic?”
malignant

dangerous to health

He recalled Axel helping him with his last political science paper—“Globalization: Benign Trend or Malignant Growth in the Body Politic?”
comprehensive

broad in scope

It amazed Simon how comprehensive Axel’s knowledge was.
engender

call forth

What a debate that paper had engendered after he had given a summary of it to the class!
charismatic

possessing an extraordinary ability to attract

Either this girl finds me completely charismatic or she is filled with disdain for me.
disdain

lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

Either this girl finds me completely charismatic or she is filled with disdain for me.
verdict

findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision

Once again, he waited for the girl to pass her verdict on him.
sheepish

showing a sense of shame

Simon looked a bit sheepish.
animated

having life or vigor or spirit

The girl was now becoming quite animated.
alluring

highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

She was totally alluring and she talked football like the defensive coordinator at Miami.
enigmatic

not clear to the understanding

On her face was an enigmatic expression.
furtive

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

Slowly, almost furtively, Simon turned his head.

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