“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 8 – 20 Words

synthesis

the combination of ideas into a complex whole

Come to think of it, she’s sort of a synthesis of Axel and me, who are the antithesis of each other.
antithesis

exact opposite

Come to think of it, she’s sort of a synthesis of Axel and me, who are the antithesis of each other.
paragon

a perfect embodiment of a concept

Have I made Jaz sound like a paragon?
attribute

a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity

With all of these attributes, Jaz is going to end up being a great psychologist some day.
criterion

the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

She meets all of the criteria for it.
amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

I’m naturally amiable.
surmise

infer from incomplete evidence

So, I would surmise that Jaz likes my friendly, open personality.
pulchritude

physical beauty, especially of a woman

I’m no match for Jaz’s pulchritude, but girls do seem to find me kind of cute.
skewed

having an oblique or slanting direction or position

I don’t want you to get a skewed view of the scene here.
acme

the highest point of something

As I said, Ax is at the acme in the brains department.
titan

a person of exceptional importance and reputation

He’s a titan even among the erudite crowd.
obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

You’ll see how true this is later on when my tale wanders into some more obscure areas.
conform

be similar, be in line with

I don’t believe that my vocabulary has to conform completely to the way people are talking now.
scenario

a postulated sequence of possible events

Anyway, the scene is so neat because a typical scenario runs like this: I’ve got a political science term paper due in a week.
negligent

characterized by undue lack of attention or concern

I’ve been a little bit negligent in keeping up with Professor Chandler’s discourses on the emergence of a new political consensus in America
discourse

an extended communication dealing with some particular topic

I’ve been a little bit negligent in keeping up with Professor Chandler’s discourses on the emergence of a new political consensus in America
consensus

agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

I’ve been a little bit negligent in keeping up with Professor Chandler’s discourses on the emergence of a new political consensus in America
immerse

devote fully to

Man, he’s so immersed in this subject, it’s all he’s been talking about.
ponder

reflect deeply on a subject

It’s because these guys know that Axel’s so smart that in one hour he can give them enough to ponder for the rest of the year.
acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

Anyway, this professor comes over and chews the fat with Axel for a few hours, making good use of his vast knowledge and remarkable acumen.

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