"Ender's Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 9-10

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

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. puerile
    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
    Yet at school he acted as though he were excited about the puerile lesson of the day.
  2. collation
    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.
  3. castrate
    remove the testicles of a male animal
    “I’ve been thinking of castrating you in your sleep.”
  4. sift
    distinguish and separate out
    They had become quite deft at sifting accurate information out of the stories of the hopelessly ignorant, gullible news writers.
  5. facade
    a showy misrepresentation to conceal something unpleasant
    The facade of peace and cooperation had been undisturbed almost since the bugger wars began.
  6. flux
    a state of uncertainty about what should be done
    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.
  7. nonchalance
    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care
    She pretended nonchalance, but she listened eagerly.
  8. pseudonym
    a fictitious name used when performing a particular role
    They were obvious pseudonyms, but that was part of the plan.
  9. invective
    abusive language used to express blame or censure
    His answer would be intelligent, and the debate would be lively, lots of clever invective and good political rhetoric.
  10. 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 rhetoric.
  11. alliteration
    use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word
    Valentine had a knack for alliteration that made her phrases memorable.
  12. interpose
    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.
  13. empathy
    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.
  14. inextricable
    incapable of being disentangled or untied
    But the main effect was to keep her inextricably tied to Peter.
  15. deference
    a courteous expression of esteem or regard
    He had the respect of everyone, and he was treated with deference in his evening practices.
  16. camaraderie
    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.
  17. incognito
    with your identity concealed
    What worried her most was the comment of an Englishman: “Whether he likes it or not, Demosthenes cannot remain incognito forever.
  18. discreet
    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.
  19. megalomania
    a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
    But they might well decide he was insane and needed treatment for his megalomania.
  20. sequester
    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.
  21. acquiescence
    acceptance without protest
    His acquiescence calmed her.
  22. epithet
    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.
  23. pastoral
    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.
  24. archaic
    so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period
    Or are you in an archaic mood?’
  25. arcane
    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
    “Not archaic, just arcane.

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