Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction Vocabulary
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noun; An axe-like tool with a curved blade at right angles to the handle, used for shaping wood.
Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity
To use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end.
adj, prep; Across, crosswise, or in opposition to
noun; the state of opposing forces or influences being in balance.
adv; in a serious, sensible, and solemn manner; with moderation or self-restraint; temperately.
verb; struggle or stagger helplessly or clumsily in water or mud.
A cross braced framework used for support.
To crush or grind.
noun; a piece of fine material usually used to protect or conceal something.
noun; darkness or thick mist that makes it difficult to see.
To be disdainfully arrogant.
To make someone confused.
To attack or plunder.
noun; a group of islands.
adj; harmful, destructive; implies irreparable harm done through evil or insidious corrupting or undermining.
noun; a small hill or mound.
adj; separate or disconnected, in particular; aloof and objective.
adj; characteristic of one thing or person, so serving to identify it; distinctive.
adj; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity
adj; so intense as to seem almost tangible; able to be touched or felt.
A structure of nerves and synapses.
Something that is alleged not proven.
adjective; in agreement or harmony.
adj; having an appearance or character resembling that of a human.
adj; mentally ill such that it interferes with a person's ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.
Having many parts or forms.
adjective; clever or skillful in using the hands or mind.
steady persistence in action despite difficulty and obstacles
severe mental or physical pain or suffering
a sum of money or total assets devoted to a special purpose
The process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
verb; to take possession of by force
adv; existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness
adj; Falsely made statements about a person that damages that person's reputation
assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering.
an idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought or on the basis of little evidence.
unwilling or hesitant way
Verb; to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax.
appearing wise or solemn
the quality of being cleverly inventive or resrouceful
the accidental admission or escape of a fluid or gas through a hole or crack.
ship or large boat
situated or traveling between planets.
a thing that is irregular in form or nature
something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
the process of becoming progressively worse
in a way that lacks strength or force
an abnormal feature, characteristic, or occurrence, typically in a medical context.
action of explaining the meaning of something.
occurring or situated between stars.
a number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other
without certain doubt
something done in a pouty way or in a manner that shows unhappiness.
A sense of disgust and loathing.
characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm.
an angry argument or disagreement, typically between people who are usually on good terms.
giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen
tendencies are common and may manifest themselves as acute or chronic anxiety, depression, an obsessive
A false show or pretense; pretending to be someone one is not.
Of, like, or containing water; watery.
adjective, being retired yet retaining one's title honorarily.
all the people in a country or area who are entitled to vote in an election
curious or inquiring
person, especially a lawyer, who uses unscrupulous, fraudulent, or deceptive methods in business.
a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture in a religion
a rut, groove, or trail in the ground or the surface of something.
well meaning and kindly
a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process
In a way that is not directly expressed; tacitly.
a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
unable to be upset or excited; calm.
only as specified and nothing more
giving or casting light
Being ready or eager to fight; Pugnacious
To touch or stroke gently or lovingly
cruel or violent manner
a charge or claim that someone has done something illegal or wrong
A mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual
curious or inquiring
possessing or showing courage or determination.
adj; reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
Using gestures, especially dramatic ones, instead of speaking to emphasize one's words
in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.
assail persistently, as with questions, criticisms, or information.
in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy
To think deeply about something; Meditate or Reflect
A city in Mexico
surrounded and have or hold within
go up or to climb; rise threw the air
Easily broken or damaged
A person who engages in critical thinking
attractively unusual or old-fashioned
make a shrill howling or wailing noise.
surround and have or hold within
that has been forbidden; banned
a component part of something
A ghost or ghost like image of a person
a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary
severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
fool or cheat
establish by law
perceptible by touch.
Not in a direct way; Indirectly
Being made or produced by Human Beings rather than occurring naturally; Typically a copy of something natural
Involuntary or Unconscious
satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity.
Desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness.
Deserving strong condemnation.
make (something) on a large scale using machinery.
not feeling very cheerful
move or cause to move in a circle or spiral, especially quickly.
In a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.
Suddenly and unexpectedly
paying close attention to something.
stick fast to
deserving strong condemnation
dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations
relating to the region immediately beneath the skin.
the quality of being illogical or unreasonable.
illegally obtain money from someone by deception.
to make less angry or hostile
Acceptance of the truth or existence of something.
belonging naturally; essential
Destroy Completely; put an end to.
become progressively worse.
a person employed to clean the streets.
a system of law courts; a judicature.
(Of a person) Wearing eyeglasses
Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
examination or investigation.
Pertaining to or characterized by pessimism or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes.
unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke
lacking a sense of humor
acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment
plodding, artistically misguided, and poorly planned.
Having been deserted
Not taking something into account; regardless of
adj; Made in an intricate shape or decorated with complex patterns.
an abstract but perceptible thing that issues or originates from a source.
adv; Unhurried or relaxed
adv; in a manner that is not even or regular in pattern or movement
noun; A large or excessive amount of something.
adj; not discovered of known about
adv; preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts
adv; used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof
- having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment
relating to or denoting a style of European architecture, music, and art of the 17th and 18th centuries that followed mannerism and is characterized by ornate detail.
call or bring (someone) before a court to answer a criminal charge.
lacking distinctive or interesting features or characteristics
noun; The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning
capable of being imagined
verb; to say something in a low, soft voice
the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
causing shock or dismay; horrific
physical strength and good health.
noun; the examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes
adj; not clearly visible or attracting attention
ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat
Violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic.
adj; Lacking descriptive, or interesting features or characteristics.
noun; A feeling that makes one self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way.
noun; The maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation, measured from the position of equilibrium.
adv; According to a fixed plan or system; methodically.
noun; A strong dislike or disinclination.
the appearance being real
The act or fact of culminating
adj; extremely sacred or inviolable
mental activity; thought
using few words; concise
adj; very loud or powerful in sound
made up of what is selected from different sources; using what are considered the best elements of all systems
adj; secretive, shifty, sly
splendid and expensive-looking.
keenness of mental perception and understanding
verb; spoil, harm, or destroy.
adv; Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
intending or intended to do harm.
adj; extract or remove (something); intangible
adj; difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.
To inflict a violent injury that also disfigures
Made by Transistors instead of Vacuum Tubes
To pierce and make holes in something
To obtain by fraud or deceit.
of or relating to the stars or constellations
doubtful; of unlikely authenticity
harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant.
a state of complete emptiness or destruction.
not producing any or the desired effect.
The infliction of severe (Moral or corporal) punishment
a native or inhabitant of the legendary island of Atlantis.
A numerical or other measurable factor forming one of a set that defines a system or sets the conditions of its operation.
The process of putting a decision or plan into effect; execution.
the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt.
the most successful point; the culmination.
a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light.
Existing or operating within
a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong.
Bad-tempered and sulky;gloomy
to a notable degree; very.
A blood feud; a prolonged and bitter feud
a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one
voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up
in every case or every occasion
A System Operator
occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.
move in a slow, heavy, awkward way.
A harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
Of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future
settle or lie comfortably within or against something.
The delay before a transfer of data begins following an instruction foe its transfer.
Hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed
Having or showing good judgment
Happening intermittently; fitful. Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.