World History Unit 8 Japan Vocab

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Mr. Harris

Chaos

n.—a state of utter confusion or disorder.

Chaotic

adj.—completely confused or disordered.

Verge

n.—the edge, rim, or border of something.

Farce

n.—foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham.

Farcical

adj.—ludicrous; absurd.

Combatant

n.—a person or group engaged in active fighting with enemy forces.

Dissenter

n.—a person who dissents (in the sense of rejecting the ideas or dogma of), as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.

Hysteria

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Tentative

adj.—unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant.

Limelight

n.—the center of public attention, interest, observation, or notoriety (from a light used to spotlight something on stage).

Aspirations

n.—a goal or objective desired.

Pandemonium

n.—wild uproar or unrestrained disorder.

Ideological

adj.—pertaining to the body of doctrine or belief that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.

Socioeconomic

adj.—pertaining to the combination or interaction of social and economic factors.

Paramilitary

adj.—pertaining to an organization operating as, in place of, or as a supplement to a regular military force.

Incentive

n.— something that incites to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.

Petty bourgeois

adj.—dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.
pivotal adj.--of vital or critical importance.

Metaphysics

n.—the underlying theoretical principles of a subject or field of inquiry; the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles.

Metaphysical

adj.—pertaining to the underlying theoretical principles of a subject or field of inquiry; pertaining to the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles.

Reputed

adj.—reported or assumed to be such.

Veiled

adj.—masked; disguised; hidden.

Proletariat

n.—(in Marxist theory) the class of workers who must sell their labor to survive.

Exuberant

adj.—openly and extremely enthusiastic.

Disaffected

adj.—discontented and disloyal, as toward the government or toward authority.

Sea change

n.—any major transformation or alteration.

Barometer

n--anything that indicates changes.

Black market

n.-- the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc.; a place where such activity is carried on.

Repertoire

n.--the entire stock of skills, techniques, or devices used in a particular field or occupation.

Vagrant

n.--a person who wanders about idly and has no permanent home or employment; vagabond; tramp.

Winnow

v.--to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; analyze critically; sift.

Geisha

n.--a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men.

Indigenous

adj.--originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native.

Pathological

adj.--Of, relating to, or manifesting behavior that is habitual, maladaptive, and compulsive.

Pivotal

adj.--of vital or critical importance.

Monolithic

adj.--characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity.

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