Soldiers of the regime. They fight to expand Gilead's borders.
Old-fashioned, out of use
Ruthless female control agency composed of older, infertile women who train Handmaids.
Literally 'lighting war'
Distiller and/or distributor of illegal alcoholic drinks
The elite. Patriarchs of the State and of households.
Graduation (from High School or University)
The adopted or natural children of Commanders and Wives.
Wives of lower-ranking men. They fulfil all traditional roles in the home.
Internal intelligence agents who seek out those violating the regime in thought or deed.
Gay men and lesbians
Old-fashioned female foundation undergarment
Theatrical make-up used to coat the face
Guardians of the Faith
Lower-ranking military personnel assigned to daily and menial policing tasks
Fertile woman whose only function is to breed for the State
Prostitutes and escorts used only by Commanders
Physically fine babies
Older, infertile women condemned to domestic servitude
Enforced mass public prayer meetings
Disease resulting from lack of Vitamin C
So-called or self-styled
Babies born with physical or mental defects
Sterile women, lesbians, feminists, dissidents, nuns and rebels
Wives of Commanders. The highest-ranking women.