S HIvneS
'hiv.nes ] / [ 'hiv.nes ]
Klingon letters:
hivnes
Handwritten:
hivnes

honor-attack

word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitive verb: vay' vIHIvneS. = I honor-attack something.
This verb is made of the parts HIv and neS.

Source

Klingon for the Galactic Traveler p. 49
not listed in the word list

More Information

Since dying in battle is considered a noble aspiration, suicide missions are a part of the Klingon military repertoire, and the honorable nature of such missions accounts for their nomenclature. The honorific verb suffix -neS, usually used when addressing a superior, is also used when the verb refers to a suicide attack of some kind: HIvneS, awkwardly translated as "honor-attack," implies that suicide is part of the plan of the attack. Similarly, HubneS ("honor-defend") is used only when suicide is part of the defense plan. To say "attack honorably" but not refer to a suicide mission, the adverbial batlh is employed and the suffix -neS is not: batlh HIv ("attack honorably, attack in an honorable fashion"). (KGT p. 49)

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Latest edit: 24 Aug 2020, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 24 Aug 2020, by KlingonTeacher

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