In Old Dwarvish, áwyrgedlic [ah-Ver-gid-lik] was a word with several meanings, none of them good. It could be used as either an adjective or an adverb (áwyrgedlicly). It is closest to the Common words abomination, wicked, and corrupted, though none of those quite matches the connotations of the word. In Old Dwarvish writings, áwyrgedlic is used to describe many things:
- Monsters, including trolls and otyughs
- Mythological evil powers, such as daemons
- Criminals, especially traitors or oathbreakers
- Bastard children
- People with deformities
- Left-handed people
In modern Dwarvish, the word has lost much of its potency. It is used more as a general negative epithet, and is quite often used as an insult.