Terminology

for the
World of Darkness 
    Mage probably has the most boring terminology because magic and its associated terms have been with us since the begining of time and White Wolf changed very little of it (why should they?). Vampire, on the other hand, has the best stuff I could find. If anyone can find the the definition of Brujah or Ventrue, please e-mail me with it. Brujah is not Spanish for witch (in real life, that is) because it's spelled incorrectly (there's no 'h'). Also, perhaps Ventrue is really Venture?


a·ka·sha  1. the ether, regarding as including material and nonmaterial entities in a common medium.

A·re·te  1. the wife of Alcinous, who had much influence over her husband. 2. the personification of courage.

ac·o·lyte  1. any attendant, assistant, or follower.

ad·ept  1. very skilled; proficient; expert. 2. one who has attained (the secret of transmuting metals).

an·cil·la   1. an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct.  2. Archaic. a maidservant.

an·i·mal·ism   1. preoccupation with or motivation by sensual, physical, or carnal appetites rather than moral, spiritual, or intellectual forces.

an·te·di·lu·vi·an   1. belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen 7, 8  2. very old or old-fashioned.

ar·chon   1. a higher magistrate in ancient Athens.  2. any ruler.

aus·pex   1. an augur of ancient Rome. [<L: One who observes birds, soothsayer, diviner, equiv.>]

av·a·tar  1. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.

Ba·al   1. any of numerous local deities among the ancient Semitic peoples, typifying the reproductive forces of nature and worshipped with much sensuality.  2. a false god.

ba·nal  1. devoid of freshness or originality

bunk  1. humbug; nonsense

ca·coph·o·ny   1.  harsh discordance of sound; dissonance.

cai·tiff   1. a base despicable person.

cam·a·ril·la (kämä relyä)   1. a group of unofficial or private advisers to a person of authority, esp. a group much given to intrigues and secret plots; cabal; clique.

ce·ler·i·ty   1. swiftness; speed.

chi·mer·i·cal   1. unreal; imaginary; visionary.

dai·mon   1. Class. Myth. a. a god.  b. a subordinate deity, as the genius of a place or a mans attendant spirit.

de·ment   1. to make mad or insane.

dis·ci·ple  1. one who is a pupil or an adherent to the doctrines of another.

dom·i·nate   1. to rule over; govern; control; subject.

E·noch  1. the father of Methuselah. Gen. 5:22  2. a son of Cain. Gen. 4:17.

e·ther 1. the medium supposed by the ancients to fill the upper regions of space.

fa·mil·iar  1. a supernatural spirit or demon supposed to attend on or serve a person.

for·ti·tude   1. patient courage under affliction, privation, or temptation; moral strength or endurance.

gan·grel   1. Brit. Dial. a lanky, loose-joined person.  2. a wandering beggar; vagabond.

Ge·hen·na   1. the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propritiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10  2. hell  3. any place of extreme torment or suffering.

glam·our  1. magic or enchantment; spell; witchery

Gol·con·da   1. a ruined city in S. India, near the modern city of Hyderabad: capital of a former Muslim kingdom; famous for its diamond cutting.  2. a mine, or other source of great wealth.

her·met·ic   1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of occult science, esp. alchemy.

in·con·nu   1. a person who is unknown.  2. a gamefish.

kin·dred  1. a body of persons related to another.

kine  1. Plural forms of cu cow1.

Me·thu·se·lah   1. a patriarch, said to have lived 969 years: Gen 5:27

Mel·pom·e·ne   1. Class. Myth. the Muse of tragedy.

ne·cro·man·cy   1. divination by alleged communication with the dead.  2. sorcery.

nod   1. the imaginary realm of sleep and dreams.

Nod   1. the land east of Eden where Cain went to dwell. Gen 4:16.

o·be·ah   1. a kind of sorcery practiced by the Negroes of Africa, the West Indies, etc.

ob·fus·cate   1. to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy  2. to make obscure

or·a·cle  1. an utterance, often ambiguous or obscure, given by a priest or priestess at a shrine as the response of a god to an inquiry.  2. any person or thing serving as an agency of divine communication.

po·tence   1. power; authority.  2. efficacy; effectiveness; strength.

pres·ence   1. the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance.

pro·te·an   1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.

Pro·teus   1. Gr. Myth. a sea god who could change his own form at will.

qui·e·tus   1. a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles  2. discharge or release from life.

quin·tes·sence  1. the pure and concentrated essence of a substance. 2. the most perfect embodiment of something.  3. the fifth essence or element, ether, supposed to be constituent matter of the heavenly bodies, air, fire, earth, and water.

rote  1. routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure.

sa·lu·bri·ous   1. favorable to or promoting health.

Sab·bat    Demonology. 1. (in the 14th-16th centuries) a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers for worshipping the Devil, characterized by orgiastic rites, dances, feasting, etc.

san·gui·nar·y   1. with much bloodshed or killing.  2. of or stained with blood.  3. bloodthirsty.

san·guine (genitive sanguinis)   1.  of the color of blood; ruddy.

Set  1.Egyptian Religion. the brother and murderer of Osiris, represented as having the form of a donkey or other mammal and regarded as personifying the desert.

tha·na·to·sis   1. having to do with death.

tha·uma·tur·gy   1. the supposed working of miracles; magic

tor·e·a·dor   1. a bullfighter.  2. a mural from Minoan Crete.

tor·por   1. a state of being dormant or inactive  2. sluggishness; dullness; apathy

tre·mere   1.  involuntary shaking of the body or limbs, as from disease, fear, weakness, excitement, etc.

Ty·phoe·us  1. Class. Myth. a monster with a hundred serpents' heads, fiery eyes, and a terrifying voice. Zeus set him on fire with thunderbolts and flung him down into Tartarus under Mount Etna.

Ty·phon  1. Class. Myth. a monster and son of Typhoeus later confused woth Typhoeus.

um·bra  1. shade; shadow. 2. a phantom or shadowy apparition.

ver·be·na  1. any plant of the genus Verbena, comprising the vervains.

vi·cis·si·tude   1. a condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process.  2. unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances.

vis·cer·al   1. characterized by or proceeding from instinctive rather than intellectual motivation.
 

These appeared in "Vampire: the Masquerade" 1st edition.