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ascetic
1 use
"A non-materialist. And yet you are unpleasantly fat.
A gluttonous ascetic? Such a contradiction."

"When I'm tense, I eat."
ascetic = one who practices self-denial

(editor's note:  In this context, someone who is gluttonous eats more than they should.)
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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atrophy
1 use
most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied... sexual organs.
atrophied = withered (shrunken and deteriorated)
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
But they did learn what attributes of their writing were seized upon as childish and immature.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
To what, commander, do you attribute your remarkable success?
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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bound   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
And if this fight is long, he's bound to win.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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2  —2 uses as in:
bound together
Ender liked having the announcement of the extra fifteen minutes come from the toon leaders. Let the boys learn 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.
bind = unite or hold together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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1st useChapter 9
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3  —1 use as in:
I can't/must. I'm bound by...
The I.F. could do it, even if the American government was constitutionally bound not to.
bound = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
tied up, prevented, or required
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4  —1 use as in:
It put me in a bind.
It had to be a trick or you couldn't have done it. It's the bind we were in. We had to have a commander with.... But somebody with that much compassion could never be the killer we needed.
bind = difficult situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bind means:
a difficult situation
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5  —1 use as in:
The deer bound across the trail.
...so instead of kicking he lunged upward off the floor, with the powerful lunge of the soldier bounding from the wall, and jammed his head into Bonzo's face.
bounding = leaping or jumping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
to leap or jump
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compliant
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
compliant with the law
They're ashamed of having come from noncompliant families.
noncompliant = not conforming to rules
DefinitionGenerally this sense of compliant means:
conforming to rules
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evaluate
2 uses
Ender held the toon leaders until the regular lunch hour, to talk about the tactics they had used and evaluate the work of their individual soldiers.
evaluate = to think carefully and make a judgement about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgement about something
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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extraneous
1 use
Ender toyed with the idea of telling them how important this battle was to him, but decided it would not help them to have an extraneous concern on their minds.
extraneous = not relevant to the matter under consideration
DefinitionGenerally extraneous means:
not relevant or important to the matter under consideration
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gullible
1 use
They had become quite deft at sifting accurate information out of the stories of the hopelessly ignorant, gullible news writers.
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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hegemony
10 uses
Right now there's a vast international fleet and army in existence, with American hegemony.
hegemony = dominance
DefinitionGenerally hegemony means:
the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over all others
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1st useChapter 9
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magnanimous
1 use
He only knew that Ender had beaten him, and then rubbed his nose in it by being magnanimous.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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passage
1 use
What bothered Valentine most was when her column got syndicated into several other regional newsnets, and Father started reading it and quoting from it at table. "Finally, a man with some sense," he said. Then he quoted some of the passages Valentine hated worst in her own work.
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
a short part of a longer written work
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perspective
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The new levers on your control panel enable you to see from the perspective of any of your squadron leaders.
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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1st useChapter 14
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puerile
1 use
Yet at school he acted as though he were excited about the puerile lesson of the day.
puerile = child-like
DefinitionGenerally puerile means:
child-like — especially acting immaturely
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supine
1 use
So Ender walked to Stilson's supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
supine = lying down face upward
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whimsical
1 use
But he was able to set up a file for a nonexistent student, whom he whimsically named God.
whimsically = impulsively (not by reason or necessity)
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
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