Return to Ravnica Lexicon

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The letter W!elcome to the Return to Ravnica edition of the Lexicon, in which we explore the meanings of some of the more unusual words we use in the names of those cards. While many offbeat names in Magic (like "dracogenius") are simply made up, we often dig around dictionaries for real little-used and archaic words for inspiration.

el•o•cu•tion [el-uh-kyoo-shuh n]

  1. a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public: The actor's elocution is faultless.
  2. the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.

tri•um•vi•rate [trahy-uhm-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]

  1. Roman History. the office or magistracy of a triumvir.
  2. a government of three officers or magistrates functioning jointly.
  3. a coalition of three magistrates or rulers for joint administration.
  4. any association of three in office or authority.
  5. any group or set of three.

jus•ti•ci•ar [ juh-stish-ee-er]

  1. a high judicial officer in medieval England.
  2. the chief political and judicial officer in England from the reign of William I to that of Henry III.

ne•crop•o•lis [nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne-]

  1. a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
  2. a historic or prehistoric burial ground.


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