“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 7 – 20 Words


voluble

marked by a ready flow of speech

Maybe that’s why she likes me; I’m so voluble and uninhibited that my mind is quite open to her investigation.
uninhibited

not restrained

Maybe that’s why she likes me; I’m so voluble and uninhibited that my mind is quite open to her investigation.
tenet

a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof

Jaz says I have to have a subconscious, at least according to the tenets of Freudian psychology
obsolete

no longer in use

(Freud’s ideas are considered obsolete in many universities, but the old geezer is still predominant in our psych department.)
predominant

having superior power and influence

(Freud’s ideas are considered obsolete in many universities, but the old geezer is still predominant in our psych department.)
plumb

examine thoroughly and in great depth

Anyway, Jaz says she’ll keep plumbing the depths of my mind looking for it.
cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

She keeps waiting for me to make a cryptic remark so she can look for some profound meaning in it, but I never do.
profound

showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

She keeps waiting for me to make a cryptic remark so she can look for some profound meaning in it, but I never do.
anomaly

deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

It would be an anomaly for me to say anything ambiguous or enigmatic.
unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

The head of the psych department, Dr. Brown, says this is unprecedented in the annals of psychological research.
affective

characterized by emotion

That means your affective abilities as opposed to your cognitive abilities, things like how well you empathize with people.
empathize

be understanding of

That means your affective abilities as opposed to your cognitive abilities, things like how well you empathize with people.
dissemble

hide under a false appearance

IQ is the one area where perhaps I dissemble just a little.
atrophy

undergo weakening or degeneration as through lack of use

Number one: At least my score isn’t declining, which proves that my intellect isn’t atrophying.
validity

the quality of being legitimate and rigorous

Number two: It confirms the validity of the test and its methodology.
methodology

the techniques followed in a particular discipline

Number two: It confirms the validity of the test and its methodology.
minuscule

very small

My IQ is still—well, not minuscule, but not exactly genius level, either.
facile

arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

It’s so facile.
conjure

summon into action or bring into existence

It conjures up an image of a pedestrian intellect in the body of an athlete.
chimerical

produced by a wildly fanciful imagination

It’s not chimerical.



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