Lexicon: Guildpact Edition

Posted in Arcana on February 6, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

The goal of The Lexicon is to teach players the meanings of some of the more obscure words we use in card names. While many of the offbeat names (like "Gigadrowse") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration. Check out these Lexicon entries drawn from Guildpact cards.

Feral Animist

an·i·mist
noun

From an·i·mism:

  1. The belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena.
  2. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies.
  3. The hypothesis holding that an immaterial force animates the universe.
Orzhov Euthanist

eu·than·ist
noun

  1. One who practices euthanasia (which is the practice of killing a person or animal in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons, usually to end their suffering).
Shrieking Grotesque

gro·tesque
noun

adjective

  1. Characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner.
  2. Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance.
  3. Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.

noun

  1. One that is grotesque.
  2. A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations.
  3. A work of art executed in this style.
Dune-Brood Nephilim

neph·i·lim
noun

  1. A Biblical word meaning "giants" or "mighty men."
Pillory of the Sleepless

pil·lo·ry
noun

  1. A wooden framework on a post, with holes for the head and hands, in which offenders were formerly locked to be exposed to public scorn as punishment.
Orzhov Pontiff

pon·tiff
noun

  1. The pope; the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. A bishop; a high-ranking religious leader.
Sanguine Praetor

prae·tor
noun

  1. An annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic, ranking below but having approximately the same functions as a consul.

san·guine
adjective

  1. Consisting of or relating to blood.
Drowned Rusalka

ru·sal·ka
noun

  1. In Slavic folklore, a water spirit or water nymph. They are the souls of young women or girls who died an unnatural or violent death.

Sources: dictionary.com; pantheon.org

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