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Saracen was a term that, in the late classical, medieval, and early modern periods, was synonymous with "Arab," and so, by extension, Islam, and was frequently used, even well into the 20th century, as a pejorative idiomatic epithet for peoples or individuals seen as savage or barbaric.

When inquiring as to the whereabouts of Carolyn Palamas and told that "she's no longer any concern to you," the outraged Montgomery Scott referred to Apollo as a "blood thirsty Saracen."

Scott's metaphorical reference was made in describing Apollo's previous "theft" of Palamas from the rest of the landing party, as well as Apollo's self-proclaimed Olympian origins. (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")

The term Saracen has additional meanings beyond this definition that are not relevant to its usage here; for further references, see below.

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