WORD LISTS

"Ender's Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

September 4, 2013
As you read Orson Scott Card's “Ender's Game,"
learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-8, Chapters 9-10, Chapters 11-13, Chapters 14-15
tousle
The monitor lady smiled very nicely and tousled his hair and said, “Andrew, I suppose by now you’re just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor.
clench
He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched.
lurch
He lurched to one side and fell off the examining table.
drone
It gave him something to do while the teacher droned on about arithmetic.
supine
So Ender walked to Stilson’s supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
mirth
Loud, but with real mirth, tears coming to his eyes.
silhouette
Ender heard the hushing sound of the toilet clearing; then Peter stood silhouetted in the doorway.
extenuating
“We’re willing to consider extenuating circumstances,” the officer said.
requisition
And so we requisitioned you.”
conscript
Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
fodder
Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
flotilla
“Battle School is for training future starship captains and commodores of flotillas and admirals of the fleet.”
renounce
He changed his name, renounced his religion, and vowed never to have more than the allotted two children.
assimilation
And you’re a badge of public shame, because at every step you interfere with their efforts at assimilation into normal complying society.”
evade
Your parents resent you because of all the past they are trying to evade.”
lithe
And all the while, during the interview, Ender and the TV guy would slink along smoothly in front of the cameraman, taking long, lithe strides.
feeble
In your feeble little minds, haven’t you picked up one little fact?
scrupulously
The boy sitting next to Ender was scrupulously careful not to touch him.
opaque
Ender found the scanner, a sheet of opaque plastic.
tactical
No way it’ll be Tactical School for me.
extricate
Every time, though, he extricated himself and went back, perhaps to a different spot, to get a different angle on the game.
martyr
His accent made him exotic and interesting; his broken arm made him a martyr; his sadism made him a natural focus for all those who loved pain in others.
chafe
But a few chafed under Bernard’s rule.
tumult
There was a tumult of complaint that it wasn’t fair how Bernard and Alai had shot them all when they weren’t ready.
grisly
Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder.

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