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Imzadi (pronounced em-ZAH-dee) was a Betazed word most closely translated as "beloved." It was frequently used as a term of endearment. (TNG: "Haven")

Deanna Troi telepathically called Commander William T. Riker "imzadi" upon their first meeting on board the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

Troi and Riker held a conversation about the term and their relationship on the holodeck during a visit from Lwaxana Troi to the Enterprise-D. It was then stated imzadi could be used as well for platonic and for physical love. (TNG: "Haven")

Deanna Troi called out imzadi as Riker was being held captive by Armus on Vagra II. (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

Troi called Riker imzadi as he lay suffering from the microorganism that had attacked his nervous system. (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

Troi called Riker imzadi in her quarters when she was under the influence of the darker thoughts of Ambassador Ves Alkar. (TNG: "Man of the People")

Riker later called Troi imzadi when she was affected by the two-dimensional beings and as a consequence lost her empathic abilities and became frightened. (TNG: "The Loss")

Thomas Riker called Troi imzadi upon seeing her for the first time in eight years. (TNG: "Second Chances")

While being telepathically violated, Troi flashed back to a conversation with Riker where they discussed being in a relationship while on the same ship. She kept flashing back to this memory, but with Riker's role being replaced by Jev and then Tarmin. (TNG: "Violations")

After playing the trombone for Troi, Riker stated "I knew that I could count on my imzadi – the ship's counselor – to improve my self image." (TNG: "Thine Own Self")

Riker again called Troi his imzadi when the two became intimate in their quarters on the USS Enterprise-E following the first part of their wedding ceremony on Earth. Moments later, during her telepathic mind rape, Troi was again called imzadi by both Shinzon and his Reman Viceroy. (Star Trek Nemesis)

At their house on Nepenthe in 2399, Riker half-scolded Troi by saying, "Easy there, imzadi," as the latter said she believed that Soji Asha's brusque assault of Jean-Luc Picard was not unwarranted. (PIC: "Nepenthe")



In the novelization of Encounter at Farpoint, the word is spelled "Imzati".

In the novel The Art of the Impossible, Ian Troi and his wife Lwaxana refer to each other as imzadi.

In the Peter David novels Imzadi and Triangle: Imzadi II, it was revealed that "imzadi" most basically translates as "first", although Troi clarifies that this term signifies the first person with whom one has shared not only physical intimacy, but spiritual as well. At the conclusion of Triangle, Worf refers to the recently-deceased Jadzia Dax as his imzadi, recognizing that the word defines their bond even if it does not originate from their cultures.

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