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

Ender is a young boy who also happens to be a tactical genius. "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card is the story of his gradual realization of his real role in the military's plans.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-8, Chapters 9-10, Chapters 11-13, Chapters 14-15

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  1. tousle
    disarrange or rumple; dishevel
    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.
  2. clench
    squeeze together tightly
    He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched.
  3. lurch
    move abruptly
    He lurched to one side and fell off the examining table.
  4. drone
    talk in a monotonous voice
    It gave him something to do while the teacher droned on about arithmetic.
  5. supine
    lying face upward
    So Ender walked to Stilson’s supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
  6. mirth
    great merriment
    Loud, but with real mirth, tears coming to his eyes.
  7. silhouette
    an outline of a solid object as cast by its shadow
    Ender heard the hushing sound of the toilet clearing; then Peter stood silhouetted in the doorway.
  8. extenuating
    partially excusing or justifying
    “We’re willing to consider extenuating circumstances,” the officer said.
  9. requisition
    demand and take for use or service
    And so we requisitioned you.”
  10. conscript
    someone who is drafted into military service
    Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
  11. fodder
    soldiers regarded as expendable under artillery fire
    Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
  12. flotilla
    a fleet of small craft
    “Battle School is for training future starship captains and commodores of flotillas and admirals of the fleet.”
  13. renounce
    turn away from; give up
    He changed his name, renounced his religion, and vowed never to have more than the allotted two children.
  14. assimilation
    the process of absorbing one cultural group into another
    And you’re a badge of public shame, because at every step you interfere with their efforts at assimilation into normal complying society.”
  15. evade
    escape, either physically or mentally
    Your parents resent you because of all the past they are trying to evade.”
  16. lithe
    moving and bending with ease
    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.
  17. feeble
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    In your feeble little minds, haven’t you picked up one little fact?
  18. scrupulously
    with extreme conscientiousness
    The boy sitting next to Ender was scrupulously careful not to touch him.
  19. opaque
    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
    Ender found the scanner, a sheet of opaque plastic.
  20. tactical
    pertaining to detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives
    No way it’ll be Tactical School for me.
  21. extricate
    release from entanglement or difficulty
    Every time, though, he extricated himself and went back, perhaps to a different spot, to get a different angle on the game.
  22. martyr
    one who suffers for the sake of principle
    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.
  23. chafe
    feel extreme irritation or anger
    But a few chafed under Bernard’s rule.
  24. tumult
    a state of commotion and noise and confusion
    There was a tumult of complaint that it wasn’t fair how Bernard and Alai had shot them all when they weren’t ready.
  25. grisly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder.

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