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used in Hunger Games Book #2 (Catching Fire)

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payment by one nation for protection by another;
or: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
  • But he did his job—more than his job—because for the first time in history, two tributes were allowed to win.
    Chapter 1 (53% in)
tributes = things given by a people to buy protection from another government

Editor's notes:  

In this book, tributes refers to the teenagers forced to play in the Hunger Games. Outside of this novel, tribute typically has other meanings.

The general meaning upon which this book's usage is based refers to payment by one nation for protection by another; or payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence. In the book, tributes are sent from districts that lost a rebellion many decades ago. One boy and one girl from each of those districts is forced to play in the Hunger Games.
  • He was already signed up for tesserae, which entitled them to a meager supply of grain and oil in exchange for his entering his name extra times in the drawing to become a tribute.
    Chapter 1 (37% in)
  • Before my fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, announced he was madly in love with me.
    Chapter 1 (44% in)
  • I remember seeing the winning tributes with their mentors and stylists.
    Chapter 2 (2% in)
  • But when the Capitol decrees that only one tribute can live and you have the audacity to challenge it, I guess that's a rebellion in itself.
    Chapter 2 (7% in)
  • In a normal year, being a mentor to the tributes is the stuff of nightmares.
    Chapter 3 (45% in)
  • They occur every twenty-five years, marking the anniversary of the districts' defeat with over-the-top celebrations and, for extra fun, some miserable twist for the tributes.
    Chapter 3 (47% in)
  • But in school I remember hearing that for the second Quarter Quell, the Capitol demanded that twice the number of tributes be provided for the arena.
    Chapter 3 (48% in)
  • Since 12 puts on the least fabulous celebration—usually just a dinner for the tributes and a victory rally in the square, where nobody looks like they're having any fun—it's probably best to get us out of the way as soon as possible.
    Chapter 4 (12% in)
  • If a victor had any special allies among the dead tributes, it is considered good form to add a few personal comments as well.
    Chapter 4 (67% in)
  • As usual, a special platform has been constructed at the bottom of the stage for the families of the dead tributes.
    Chapter 4 (76% in)
  • It can in no way replace your losses, but as a token of our thanks we'd like for each of the tributes' families from District Eleven to receive one month of our winnings every year for the duration of our lives.
    Chapter 4 (80% in)
  • A month of tribute winnings can easily provide for a family for a year.
    Chapter 4 (82% in)
  • "I want to give my thanks to the tributes of District Eleven," I say.
    Chapter 4 (88% in)
  • Cato and Clove, the tributes from District 2, might have both made it home if Peeta and I hadn't.
    Chapter 5 (86% in)
  • I want to point out that twenty-two dead tributes will never recover from the Games he helped create, either.
    Chapter 6 (51% in)
  • I've been a tribute in the Games.
    Chapter 9 (16% in)
  • They have chosen her as a tribute, then made her watch her sister fight to the death in the Games.
    Chapter 9 (19% in)
  • The pack of muttation tributes draws closer and closer until it overcomes me with hot breath and dripping fangs and I scream myself awake.
    Chapter 12 (37% in)
  • On the twenty-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that their children were dying because of their choice to initiate violence, every district was made to hold an election and vote on the tributes who would represent it.
    Chapter 12 (86% in)
  • "On the fiftieth anniversary," the president continues, "as a reminder that two rebels died for each Capitol citizen, every district was required to send twice as many tributes."
    Chapter 12 (89% in)
  • Without hesitation, he reads, "On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors."
    Chapter 12 (97% in)
  • On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the Capitol, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors.
    Chapter 13 (13% in)
  • Officially, tributes aren't supposed to train, but no one tries to stop us.
    Chapter 13 (78% in)
  • Even in regular years, the tributes from Districts 1, 2, and 4 show up able to wield spears and swords.
    Chapter 13 (79% in)
  • If he were the tribute, he would have owed Peeta nothing and could be as drunk as he liked.
    Chapter 14 (15% in)
  • I recognize many of their faces, either from seeing them as tributes or mentors at previous Games or from our recent viewing of the victors' tapes.
    Chapter 14 (19% in)
  • As one would expect, the pools of Career tributes from Districts 1, 2, and 4 are the largest.
    Chapter 14 (20% in)
  • Peeta studiously puts stars by the names of the chosen tributes in his notebook.
    Chapter 14 (21% in)
  • For my part, I try to make some mental record of the other tributes, but like last year, only a few really stick in my head.
    Chapter 14 (22% in)
  • Then she pulls herself together to say she bets that "these will be the best Games ever!" Haymitch leaves the compartment without a word, and Effie, after making a few unconnected comments about this tribute or that, bids us good night.
    Chapter 14 (28% in)
  • He reads from the square of paper in the same onerous voice he used for ours, informing Panem that in honor of the Quarter Quell, there will be twice the number of tributes.
    Chapter 14 (52% in)
  • Of my mockingjay pin and how it means something completely different now that I know that its former owner was Madge's aunt, Maysilee Donner, a tribute who was murdered in the arena.
    Chapter 14 (59% in)
  • We watch from the point of view of one of the tributes as she rises up through the tube from the Launch Room and into the arena.
    Chapter 14 (65% in)
  • By the way some of the tributes are sniffing, it must smell fantastic.
    Chapter 14 (67% in)
  • Eighteen tributes are killed in the bloodbath that first day.
    Chapter 14 (70% in)
  • There's also a large, well-stocked Career pack of ten tributes scouring the mountain area for victims.
    Chapter 14 (72% in)
  • With the mountain spewing liquid fire, and the meadow offering no means of concealment, the remaining thirteen tributes—including Haymitch and Maysilee—have no choice but to confine themselves to the woods.
    Chapter 14 (76% in)
  • Get more rest, work out a system to salvage more rainwater, fight as a team, and share the food from the dead tributes' packs.
    Chapter 14 (80% in)
  • Later that day, another tribute is killed in combat and a third gets eaten by a pack of those fluffy squirrels, leaving Haymitch and a girl from District 1 to vie for the crown.
    Chapter 14 (88% in)
  • "Not just against the other tributes, but the Capitol, too," I say.
    Chapter 14 (95% in)
  • Cinna has a few more things to attend to, so I decide to head down to the ground floor of the Remake Center, which houses the huge gathering place for the tributes and their chariots before the opening ceremonies.
    Chapter 15 (27% in)
  • Unlike last year, when all the tributes were practically glued to their chariots, the scene is very social.
    Chapter 15 (28% in)
  • The victors, both this year's tributes and their mentors, are standing around in small groups, talking.
    Chapter 15 (28% in)
  • While other tributes that year were hard-pressed to get a handful of grain or some matches for a gift, Finnick never wanted for anything, not food or medicine or weapons.
    Chapter 15 (35% in)
  • As we curve around into the loop of the City Circle, I can see that a couple of the other stylists have tried to steal Cinna and Portia's idea of illuminating their tributes.
    Chapter 15 (68% in)
  • Peeta and I, on the other hand, are so mesmerizing with our ever-changing coal costumes that most of the other tributes are staring at us.
    Chapter 15 (70% in)
  • Cinna and Portia are there, pleased with our performance, and Haymitch has made an appearance this year as well, only he's not at our chariot, he's over with the tributes of District 11.
    Chapter 15 (73% in)
  • Our tributes have been trees for forty years under her.
    Chapter 15 (84% in)
  • The very image of what tributes should be.
    Chapter 16 (14% in)
  • Traditionally the tributes from Districts 1, 2, and 4 join forces, possibly taking in a few other exceptional fighters, and hunt down the weaker competitors.
    Chapter 16 (28% in)
  • Effie shows up a bit early to take us down because last year, even though we were on time, we were the last two tributes to show up.
    Chapter 16 (32% in)
  • Enobaria looks to be about thirty and all I can remember about her is that, in hand-to-hand combat, she killed one tribute by ripping open his throat with her teeth.
    Chapter 16 (35% in)
  • By ten o'clock, only about half of the tributes have shown up.
    Chapter 16 (36% in)
  • Rolling my eyes, I head over to another vacant station where tributes can learn to build fires.
    Chapter 16 (42% in)
  • The two tributes from District 3 are beside me, struggling to start a decent fire with matches.
    Chapter 16 (43% in)
  • The male tribute from District 5 is vomiting wine on the sword-fighting floor.
    Chapter 16 (47% in)
  • After lunch I do the edible-insect station with the District 8 tributes—Cecelia, who's got three kids at home, and Woof, a really old guy who's hard of hearing and doesn't seem to know what's going on since he keeps trying to stuff poisonous bugs in his mouth.
    Chapter 16 (70% in)
  • They're polite but cool, and I spend the whole time thinking about how I killed both the tributes from their district, Glimmer and Marvel, last year, and that they probably knew them and might even have been their mentors.
    Chapter 16 (71% in)
  • The dining room gets quieter and quieter as the tributes file out to go perform.
    Chapter 16 (86% in)
  • How could it, when I'm a mere tribute and he's the Head Gamemaker?
    Chapter 16 (96% in)
  • I hurry over to the camouflage station, where some of the other tributes, undoubtedly the morphlings, have made a colossal mess.
    Chapter 16 (99% in)
  • "They can't let one tribute know what another did," says Effie, unconcerned.
    Chapter 17 (14% in)
  • The tributes' faces come up, district by district, and their scores flash under their pictures.
    Chapter 17 (27% in)
  • The other tributes have already gathered offstage and are talking softly, but when Peeta and I arrive, they fall silent.
    Chapter 17 (78% in)
  • The other tributes begin to line up as well.
    Chapter 17 (81% in)
  • Not until we're all sitting out onstage and Caesar Flickerman, hair and face highlighted in lavender this year, has done his opening spiel and the tributes begin their interviews.
    Chapter 17 (83% in)
  • Dropped a bomb that wipes out the efforts of every tribute who came before him.
    Chapter 18 (33% in)
  • Just a brief hovercraft ride away is an arena where, tomorrow, Peeta and I and the other tributes will face our own form of punishment.
    Chapter 18 (57% in)
  • Tributes enter the arena alone.
    Chapter 18 (77% in)
  • This year's tribute outfit is a fitted blue jumpsuit, made of very sheer material, that zippers up the front.
    Chapter 18 (83% in)
  • Then the gong will sound and the tributes will be free to move off their metal plates.
    Chapter 19 (1% in)
  • Water and a pair of tributes.
    Chapter 19 (10% in)
  • There are twelve spokes, each with two tributes balanced on metal plates between them.
    Chapter 19 (10% in)
  • The other tribute in my watery wedge is old Woof from District 8.
    Chapter 19 (10% in)
  • I scan the circle of tributes, looking for Peeta, but he must be blocked from my view by the Cornucopia.
    Chapter 19 (12% in)
  • A quick survey of the rest of the arena shows that most of the tributes are still trapped on their plates.
    Chapter 19 (50% in)
  • For all I know, Finnick would kill them as quickly as he did the tribute from 5, so instead I suggest we move on.
    Chapter 19 (62% in)
  • Finnick took out that tribute from 5 without blinking an eye.
    Chapter 19 (83% in)
  • The death toll of the tributes is now available.
    Chapter 20 (51% in)
  • That means that all the tributes in 1 through 4 are alive—the four Careers, Beetee and Wiress, and, of course, Mags and Finnick.
    Chapter 20 (68% in)
  • At the time, I was no more a tribute in these Games than he was.
    Chapter 23 (9% in)
  • I realize it's just another disadvantage the District 12 tributes have faced over the years.
    Chapter 23 (42% in)
  • It looks like most of the other tributes learn something about their trades early on.
    Chapter 23 (43% in)
  • If there wasn't a Cornucopia to duck behind, they'd be dead, both of the tributes from District 2.
    Chapter 23 (54% in)
  • It still seems like a really long leap for some of the tributes.
    Chapter 23 (97% in)
  • The same way the muttation wolves last year weren't really the dead tributes.
    Chapter 24 (9% in)
  • What happens when they reach the final eight tributes in the Games?
    Chapter 24 (41% in)
  • Peeta draws a new map on a leaf, adding a JJ for jabberjays in the four-to-five-o'clock section and simply writing beast in the one where we saw the tribute collected in pieces.
    Chapter 24 (60% in)
  • How long can we keep this alliance? I don't think anyone expected the number of tributes to drop so quickly.
    Chapter 25 (6% in)
  • "I think it's time we took off," I say under my breath, although I doubt any of the tributes can hear me.
    Chapter 25 (17% in)
  • How can we even question it, we tributes trained to gather fish and lumber and coal?
    Chapter 25 (43% in)
  • I'm grateful for the fluid from the trees, but it's the same temperature as the seawater and the air and the other tributes and me.
    Chapter 25 (61% in)
  • That will leave Peeta with only one tribute to kill.
    Chapter 26 (90% in)
  • Just in case it's not enough fun watching the obliteration of the arena and the remaining tributes.
    Chapter 27 (3% in)
  • The victor tributes from 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 11 had varying degrees of knowledge about it.
    Chapter 27 (46% in)
  • I never dreamed you'd be a tribute again.
    Chapter 27 (55% in)
  • Not as a free person but as an Avox or something, waiting on the future tributes of District 12.
    Chapter 27 (86% in)

There are no more uses of "tribute" in Hunger Games Book #2 (Catching Fire).

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