AFI Dictionary

For when you just don’t really know what Davey’s talking about…

  • ‘Roids – refers to anabolic steroids. Hormone commonly used to increase muscle mass
  • Abject – brought in low condition or status, being of the most contemptible kind
  • Accede – to arrive at or come into an office or dignity: accede to the throne
  • Affluence – a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth
  • Alighieri, Dante – poet born in the 1200s. A line from his famous epic ‘Inferno’, was used in Midnight Sun (beyond and to all time, I stand)
  • Alleviate – to make (pain for example) more bearable; a drug that alleviates cold symptoms
  • Amaranth – any of various annuals of the genus amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including several weeds, ornamentals, and food plants; an imaginary flower that never fades
  • Anathema – a formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication
  • Anesthetize – make unconscious by means of anesthetic drugs
  • Anguish – agonizing physical or mental pain
  • Animosity – bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred
  • Apathy – lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal
  • Apex – the highest point; the point of culmination
  • Arid – lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull
  • Arsenic – a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys
  • Ascension – the act of ascending; a rising; ascent
  • Asphyxiate – suffocate or smother
  • Aspiration – a strong desire for high achievement; an ambition
  • Assimilate – to bring to a likeness or to conformity; to cause a resemblance between
  • Avail – to be of use or advantage to
  • Banality – something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace
  • Baudelaire, Charles – French poet born in the 1800s. A translated and edited version of his poem, De Profundis Clamavi, makes up the whispering in Midnight Sun
  • Bic – brand name of disposable lighter
  • Blasphemy – an irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered with high honor
  • Bleak – gloomy or somber; unsheltered and barren
  • Callousness – emotionally hardened; unfeeling
  • Catharsis – a purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear; a release of tension
  • Celluloid – a colorless flammable material used to make photographic film; of or portrayed on film or in motion pictures
  • Cessation – A bringing or coming to an end; a ceasing
  • Charles Atlas – legendary body builder ‘The worlds most perfect man’
  • Chipper – in lively spirits; cheerful
  • Chrysanthemum – Eurasian plant with flower heads. A ‘Chrysanthemum of white’ is a symbol of truth
  • Cinder – a partly charred or burned substance that can burn further but without a flame
  • Cinematic – of or pertaining to or characteristics of cinema or films
  • Clandestine – conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice
  • Clove – to split with (or as if) with a sharp instrument; to pierce or penetrate
  • Commodity – something useful that can be turned into commercial or other advantage
  • Coy – tending to avoid people and social situations
  • Deify – to make a god of; raise to the condition of a god; to idealize; exalt
  • Demonomania – a form of madness in which the patient convinces themselves possessed of demons
  • Disassociate – to disconnect from things associated
  • Discarnate – having no material body or form
  • Disdain – to treat contemptuously; to look on with scorn
  • Disown – to refuse to acknowledge or accept one’s own
  • Dispel – to rid one’s mind of; to drive away
  • Dissipate – to attenuate to or almost to the point of disappearing
  • Effigy – a crude figure of dummy representing a hated person or group; a likeness or image
  • Elation – an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism
  • Elegy – a poem expressing sorrow and lamentation for one who is dead
  • Eloquence – having the power to speak fluently and persuasively; vividly expressive
  • Emanate – to come or send forth, as from a source
  • Enamor – to inspire with love, captivate
  • Enmity – mutual hatred
  • Enthralled – to fascinate
  • Epic – an extended narrative or poem in elevated or dignified language, celebrating the feats of a legendary or traditional hero
  • Eradicate – to get rid of as if by tearing up the roots
  • Excoriation – an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
  • Exsanguination – to drain of blood
  • Faction – a group of people forming a cohesive, usually contentious minority within a larger group
  • Falter – to be unsteady in purpose or action; as from loss of courage or confidence
  • Fester – to undergo decay; rot; to be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning
  • Filigree – delicate, lace like ornamental work
  • Fray – to strain; wear away by rubbing
  • Futility – the quality of having no useful result; uselessness
  • Habitation – a place of residence
  • Imbrue – to drench something
  • Immaculate – impeccably clean; spotless
  • Impend – about to occur
  • Impermissible – not permitted; not allowable
  • Implore – to call upon (or for) in supplication
  • Inanimate – not having the qualities of life
  • Incarnate – embodied in human form; personified
  • Indelibly – cannot be removed; incapable of being lost or forgotten
  • Inept – displaying a lack of judgment, sense or reason; foolish
  • Infatuation – a foolish, unreasonable passion or attraction
  • Ingest – to take into the body by mouth for digestion or absorption
  • Ingrain – to fix deeply or indelibly, as in the mind
  • Innate – inborn; not acquired
  • Intimate – very close in friendship or affection
  • Lucid – type of dream where one is aware they are dreaming
  • Maelstrom – a violent or turbulent situation
  • Malevolence – malicious behavior
  • Malignant – showing great malevolence; disposed to do evil
  • Malleus Maleficarum – Latin, translates to ‘hammer of witches/evil doers
  • Mirth – gladness, especially when expressed by laughter
  • Miseria Cantare – Latin, translates to ‘Sing the Sorrow’ Spanish, translates to ‘(of) sorrow I sing’
  • Monolithic – total uniformity
  • Nephilim – giants; mighty men (Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.)
  • Omnipotence – having unlimited or universal power or authority (one who has such power? a god.)
  • Pallor – lacking color; paleness
  • Pantomime – the telling of a story without words, by means of body movements, gestures and facial expressions
  • Paradigm – a set of assumptions, concepts, values and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline
  • Perambulate – to walk before
    Phoenix – a bird in Egyptian mythology that lived in the desert for 500 years and then consumed itself by fire, later to rise renewed from it’s ashes; a person or thing of unsurpassed excellence or beauty
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda – a skin disease where affected individuals develop fragile skin, sores, blisters, and tiny cysts. Some people develop mottled brown patches around the eyes. Also, skin becomes hardened on the neck, face or chest. There may be small areas of permanent baldness or ulcers. Commonly called ‘The Vampire’s Disease.’
  • Preternatural – transcending the natural or material order; supernatural
  • Rapturous – carried away by emotion
  • Refrain – to hold oneself back
  • Reiver – medieval Anglo-Saxon clan
  • Reprimand – to censure severely; rebuke
  • Requiem – mass for a deceased person
  • Resplendence – splendid or dazzling in appearance; brilliant
  • Seethe – to be in a state of turmoil or ferment, to churn or boil as if boiling
  • Serum – The clear yellowish fluid obtained upon separating whole blood into it’s solid and liquid components after it has been allowed to clot
  • Shard – a fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or metal; a small piece
  • Solace – comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or distress; consolation
  • Solidarity – A union of interests, purposes, or sympathies among members of a group
  • Somnambulate – to walk or perform another act while asleep or in a sleep like
  • condition
  • Sovereignty – supremacy of authority or rule
  • Stagnate – to be motionless
  • Stark – extreme; harsh; grim
  • Static – having no motion; to be at rest
  • Strewn – to spread, cast or throw loosely about
  • Subdue – to make less intense or prominent; tone down
  • Sublime – characterized by nobility; majestic; of high spiritual, moral, or intellectual worth. Not to be excelled; supreme
  • Sustenance – the supporting of life or health
  • Synesthesia – a condition in which one type of simulation evokes the sensation of another, hearing a sound produces the visualization of a color
  • Taint – to spoil or pollute
  • Tangible – possible to touch, having actual physical being, able to be detected by touch
  • Tome – one of the books in a work of several volumes. A book, especially a large or scholarly one.
  • Torrential – flowing or surging abundantly
  • Transference – in psychoanalysis, the process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person, such as parent or sibling are unconsciously shifted to another person, especially to the analyst
  • Va tu faire foutre – French, translates to ‘go fuck yourself’
  • Vantage – a position, condition, or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority or an advantage
  • Veer – to turn aside from course, direction or purpose
  • Vivacity – liveliness
  • Wester – a strong wind coming from the west
  • Wraith – an apparition of a living person that appears as a portent, just before that persons death
  • Wry – dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony
  • Y regreso aqui otra vez y comienzo to – Spanish, translates to- ‘return here again and begin to..’
  • Yo he estado aqui muchas veces antes y regreso to – Spanish, translates to ‘I have been here too many times before and I return to…’
  • Yurf Rendenmein – worn pun, ‘your friend and mine’

Thank you to Shay and Caspian from the Despair Faction for this compilation.

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