Horstman China Lexicon #1

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These are the first 24 terms that we need to know for the test on Wed.

Contours

an outline, esp. one representing or bounding the shape or form of something

Obscure

not discovered or known about; uncertain
OR
to keep from being seen; conceal

Temperate

of, relating to, or denoting a region or climate characterized by mild temperatures.

Entity

a thing with distinct and independent existence

Hierarchy

a system or organization in which people or groups are ranked one above the other according to status or authority.

Legitimate

able to be defended with logic or justification

Neolithic

of, relating to, or denoting the later part of the Stone Age, when ground or polished stone weapons and implements prevailed.

Orthodox

(of a person or their views, esp. religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved

Vintage

the year or place in which wine, esp. wine of high quality, was produced
OR
the time that something of quality was produced

Nomadic

relating to or characteristic of a member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock

Obsessed

preoccupy or fill the mind of (someone) continually, intrusively, and to a troubling extent

Tributary

a person or state that pays tribute to another state or ruler

Vassal

a person or country in a subordinate position to another

Feudal

according to, resembling, or denoting the system of feudalism
OR
absurdly outdated or old-fashioned

Abstract

existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence

Aristocracy

the highest class in certain societies, esp. those holding hereditary titles or offices

Liability

the state of being responsible for something, esp. by law

Arbitrary

(of power or a ruling body) unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority

Bullion

gold or silver in bulk before coining, or valued by weight.
OR
ornamental braid or trimming made with twists of gold or silver thread.

Confiscate

take (a possession, esp. land) as a penalty and give it to the public treasury

Consolidate

reinforce or strengthen (one's position or power)

Disparage

regard or represent as being of little worth

Prostration

figurative completely overcome or helpless, esp. with illness, distress, or exhaustion

Symbolic

significant purely in terms of what is being represented or implied

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