displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
Yet at school he acted as though he were excited about the
puerile lesson of the day.
assembling in proper numerical or logical sequence
Oh, wow, I never knew that frogs looked like this inside, he’d say, and then at home he studied the binding of cells into organisms through the philotic
collation of DNA.
remove the testicles of a male animal
“I’ve been thinking of
castrating you in your sleep.”
distinguish and separate out
They had become quite deft at
sifting accurate information out of the stories of the hopelessly ignorant, gullible news writers.
a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
facade of peace and cooperation had been undisturbed almost since the bugger wars began.
a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action
This is what historians usually do, quibble about cause and effect when the point is, there are times when the world is in
flux and the right voice in the right place can move the world.
the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
nonchalance, but she listened eagerly.
a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role
They were obvious
pseudonyms, but that was part of the plan.
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
His answer would be intelligent, and the debate would be lively, lots of clever
invective and good political rhetoric.
high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
His answer would be intelligent, and the debate would be lively, lots of clever invective and good political
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
Valentine had a knack for
alliteration that made her phrases memorable.
to insert between other elements
Sometimes a few other netters would
interpose comments, but Peter and Val would usually ignore them or change their own comments only slightly to accommodate what had been said.
understanding and entering into another's feelings
By having her write Demosthenes, it meant he also had some
empathy, just as Locke also could play on others’ fears.
not permitting extrication; incapable of being disentangled or untied
But the main effect was to keep her inextricably tied to Peter.
a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
He had the respect of everyone, and he was treated with
deference in his evening practices.
the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
He watched the
camaraderie of old friends who had known each other in the Battle School for years, who talked and laughed about old battles and long-graduated soldiers and commanders.
with your identity concealed
What worried her most was the comment of an Englishman: “Whether he likes it or not, Demosthenes cannot remain
marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
The soldiers followed at a
discreet distance; they split up and formed a large circle, to guard them from the widest possible perimeter.
a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
But they might well decide he was insane and needed treatment for his
keep away from others
If we can’t solve it this way, then we’ll
sequester your family and do as we like from then on.
acceptance without protest
acquiescence calmed her.
a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
The spelling of psychoanalyze, the
epithet slumbitch for Peter, the joke about pronouncing knew like canoe were all things that no one could know but Val.
(used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic
Only when he coasted on the cloud, skimming over the autumnal colors of the
pastoral world, only then did he realize what he hated most about Val’s letter.
so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
Or are you in an
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
“Not archaic, just