The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Glossary

vigilante (noun)

A person who takes the law into his or her own hands and distributes justice outside official channels.

volt (noun)

the SI unit of electromotive force, defined as the difference of potential that would drive one ampere of current against one ohm resistance.

irradiation (noun)

The act of something being exposed to radiation so that it is illuminated and track-able.


the extent of the power to make legal decisions and judgments.

maul (verb)

wound by scratching and tearing.

District Attorney (proper noun)

a public official who acts as prosecutor for the state or the federal government in court in a particular district.

liaise (verb)

establish a working relationship, typically in order to cooperate on a matter of mutual concern.

Internal Affairs (proper noun)

a division of a law enforcement agency that investigates incidents and possible suspicions of law-breaking and professional misconduct attributed to officers on the force.

trust fund (noun)

a fund consisting of assets belonging to a trust, held by the trustees for the beneficiaries.

revenue (noun)

income, especially when of a company or organization and of a substantial nature.

prima ballerina (noun)

the chief female dancer in a ballet or ballet company.

extradite (verb)

hand over (a person accused or convicted of a crime) to the jurisdiction of the foreign state in which the crime was committed.

racketeering (noun)

dishonest and fraudulent business dealings.

fiend (noun)

an evil spirit or demon.

droll (adjective)

curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement.

scourge (noun)

a person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering.

liquid courage (noun)

informal term for alcohol, regarded as a means of reducing one's inhibitions.

bazooka (noun)

a short-range tubular rocket launcher used against tanks.

leper (noun)

someone with leprosy, a disfiguring skin and nerve disease; in extended usage, a person who is avoided or rejected by others for moral or social reasons.

contusion (noun)

a region of injured tissue or skin in which blood capillaries have been ruptured; a bruise.