"Ender's Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 11-13 25 words

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
  1. treason
    a crime that undermines the offender's government
    “Sir, those words sound like treason.”
  2. brunt
    main force of a blow etc
    Only one of Ender’s boys was completely frozen—one of C toon, which had borne the brunt of the assault—and only five were disabled.
  3. solemn
    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
    He looked very solemn as he offered Ender the teacher hook that was ritually given to the victor in the game.
  4. leniency
    mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
    Let the boys leam that leniency comes from their toon leaders, and harshness from their commander—it will bind them better in the small, tight knots of this fabric.
  5. flank
    the side of military or naval formation
    If that had been a good army, C toon, your approach was so slow they would have had you from the flanks before you got into good position.
  6. contemptuously
    without respect; in a disdainful manner
    “Of course,” Ender said, contemptuously.
  7. invulnerable
    immune to attack; impregnable
    He was certainly not invulnerable, but he would have time.
  8. ineptitude
    unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
    This had not been a fair fight, even though they had won—the teachers had meant them to lose, and it was only Bonzo’s ineptitude that had saved them.
  9. disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
    “Do not be disingenuous with me, Colonel Graff.
  10. apt
    (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward
    Americans are quite apt at playing stupid when they choose to, but I am not to be deceived.
  11. untoward
    not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
    When it is his life or health that is in danger, I do not think it untoward that the military police take some interest in preserving and protecting the boy.
  12. inertia
    (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
    Ender had helped them with some techniques from gravity personal combat—many things had to be changed, but inertia in flight was a tool that could be used against the enemy as easily in nullo as in Earth gravity.
  13. labyrinth
    complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost
    They won, of course, but it was a grueling affair, with the battleroom so filled with a labyrinth of stars that hunting down the enemy during mop-up took forty-five minutes.
  14. reclamation
    the recovery of useful substances from waste products
    It had been launched in one piece, as a low-orbit satellite, packed full of the water reclamation equipment; it was designed to have no wasted space.
  15. corroborate
    support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm
    As if to corroborate Bean’s statement, the enemy began to call out to them.
  16. conciliatory
    making or willing to make concessions
    Demosthenes is definitely the girl, but Graff says the girl was rejected for Battle School because she was too pacific, too conciliatory, and above all, too empathic.”
  17. chauvinist
    a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind
    Appointing him pleases a large number of Russian-haters and chauvinists.”
  18. toady
    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.
  19. subservient
    abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant
    She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.
  20. dirigible
    a steerable self-propelled aircraft
    Ender turned his face to the window and watched the helicopters and dirigibles rise and fall.
  21. fastidious
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
    There were still waterbirds taking their fastidious little steps in the saltwater, where mossy trees dipped down as if to drink.
  22. derisive
    abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule
    “I will overlook your derisive language to a superior officer.
  23. albedo
    the ratio of reflected to incident light
    Its albedo is only slightly brighter than a black hole.
  24. atrophy
    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
    Even the he is uncertain—the most likely thing, in fact, is that most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied or vestigial sexual organs.
  25. vestigial
    not fully developed in mature animals
    Even the he is uncertain—the most likely thing, in fact, is that most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied or vestigial sexual organs.