the state of being confederated
Then again, there appear to be more bug-eyed lobster men than women among the highest ranks of the Rebel
The good guys in Star Wars are part of the Rebel Alliance. An alliance brings together different people and factions, like the Allied Powers in World War II. An ally is a friend you can count on.
Alliance gained popularity thanks to reality TV shows where characters make alliances: secret pacts designed to ensure their survival and crush other contestants. When you’re in an alliance, you have friends—and usually enemies too. That’s why you needed the friends in the first place.
someone who works for an expert to learn a trade
"If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan's
apprentice." – Yoda
the act of waking
"There's been an
awakening. Have you felt it?" – Supreme Leader Snoke
payment or reward for acts such as catching criminals
"Jabba's put a price on your head, so large that every
bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you." – Greedo
a person who is almost identical to another
She earned this position by becoming one of the first Galactic senators to publicly object to Emperor Palpatine’s rise to power during the
Do you love yourself? If you said yes, then you should become a genetic engineer and make yourself a clone. A
clone is a genetic copy of someone: clones look exactly the same, much like identical twins. The stormtroopers in the first three Star Wars movies (and those execrable prequels) were clones. In fact, they were a clone army. Hey, if you can’t recruit an army of jackbooted thugs, why not grow them in a petri dish?
cause someone to believe an untruth
“Your eyes can
deceive you. Don’t trust them.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
a course of events that will inevitably happen in the future
He admired Luke Skywalker for finding within himself “the resources of character to meet his
In the original trilogy, Darth Vader tried to convince his son Luke that the farm boy’s destiny was to rule the galaxy with pop. Someone’s
destiny is their fate. If something is destined to happen, then it has to happen.
causing distress or worry or anxiety
“I find your lack of faith
disturbing.” – Darth Vader
the domain ruled by a single authoritative sovereign
empire in “Star Wars” gets a bad rap.
The bad guys in Star Wars are the empire—the galactic empire. This isn’t a sloppy word choice, since the leader of the empire is an emperor—excuse me, THE Emperor. With his repressive regime and freaky lightning shooting out of his fingertips, the Emperor is not a contender for the Star Wars equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Empire was originally a borrowing from French and refers a realm or territory with an absolute ruler: an empire is the opposite of a democracy.
move out of an unsafe location into safety
Evacuate? In out moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!" – Tarkin
a powerful effect or influence
force is strong with this one.” – Darth Vader
As the old joke goes, the force in Star Wars is like duct tape: it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. In our universe, the
force is a broad term for various types of strength and power. An anvil falling from a great height has a lot of force. Employees are called the workforce, and if you have a lot of them, you can get more done. When countries go to war, they’ve decided to use force instead of diplomacy. Forces get stuff done.
a collection of star systems
Is he a Jedi teleported from the distant past and
galaxies far far away?
How many people have learned this word from the famous opening crawl of Star Wars? “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
Galaxy is part of a sequence of increasingly larger cosmic stuff we’re part of: planet, solar system, galaxy, universe. A galaxy contains a whole bunch of solar systems, each of which has a sun and some planets.
relating to or associated with an empire
Like Darth Vader preparing to unleash a Force choke on a garrulous
Imperial officer, we view such frivolities with icy scorn.
Another Star Wars word refer to empires:
imperial. In addition to referring to an actual empire, things and people described as imperial are majestic, commanding, or high-and-mighty.
seize, interrupt, or stop something on its way
"Where are those transmissions you
intercepted?" – Darth Vader
a person who has authority over others
"A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old
master." – Darth Vader
something that is a source of danger
On Global News, a Star Wars fan snarkily joked that “someone probably showed him Phantom
a span of 1000 years
There are a lot of callbacks to the cantina scene and the
Millennium Falcon being a piece of junk.
an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
“I’m a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic
mission to Alderaan.” – Princess Leia
an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person
"Get in there you big furry
oaf!" – Han Solo
a ghostly appearing figure
Well, almost the first: Lucas, lest we forget, introduced the servile TC-14 for an early scene in The
someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
"He was the best star-pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior." – Ben Kenobi
organized opposition to authority
Nearly four decades later, she was still playing Leia, only now as a general of the
rebellion in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
group action in opposition to those in power
Resistance. I'm not a hero. I'm a Stormtrooper." – Finn
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
There’s a lot of the
rogue still left in Solo.
the power to move something by thinking about it
By the term "
telekinesis" is meant that class of phenomena which manifests in the movement of physical objects without physical contact with the person responsible for the movement.