"Imzadi" is a word in the fictional language Betazoid used in "" and is a term of endearment. It is also the title of a
Star Treknovel, whose sequel is entitled "Imzadi II: Triangle".
As a fictional word
According to dialog in the "Next Generation" episode "Haven" [cite episode|title= Haven|episodelink= Haven (TNG episode)|series=] , "imzadi" translates as "beloved".cite book|title=
The Star Trek Encyclopedia|author=Okuda, Mike and Denise Okuda, with Debbie Mirek|publisher=Pocket Books|id=ISBN 0-671-53609-5|year=1999] The word is first heard in a telepathic exchange between Deanna Troiand William Rikerin the pilot episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", " Encounter at Farpoint" [cite episode|title=Encounter at Farpoint, Part II |episodelink=Encounter at Farpoint |series=] , to establish that the two officers had previously had a romantic relationship.
Deanna Troi also utters the word after Commander Riker is "enveloped" by Armus, the evil black oily creature in the "Next Generation" episode "Skin of Evil" [cite episode|title= Skin of Evil|episodelink= Skin of Evil (TNG episode)|series=] "; as she lies injured and helpless in a crashed shuttle on Vagra II.
The two characters occasionally use the word to refer to each other over the course of "The Next Generation", up to and including a post-nuptial scene between the two in the film "
Star Trek Nemesis" [cite episode|title= Star Trek Nemesis] .
The non-canon novel "Imzadi", by
Peter David, primarily explores William Riker's assignment to Betazedand his early relationship with Deanna Troi.cite book |last=David |first= Peter|authorlink= Peter David |title= Imzadi |date= 1992-08-01|publisher= Pocket Books|isbn= 0671791974] The text expands on the meaning of "imzadi", when Troi explains that the word refers to one's first true love, although not necessarily their first sexual partner.
The "Imzadi II: Triangle" sequel addresses
Worf's romantic interest in Troi, William Riker's renewed interest and Thomas Riker's resentment at his lost opportunity with Troi. [cite book |last=David |first= Peter|authorlink= Peter David |title= Imzadi II: Triangle|date= 1998-10-01|publisher= Pocket Books|isbn= 0671025325]
Both "Imzadi" novels were re-released in the "Imzadi Forever" omnibus collection.
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