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24 terms

Horstman China Lexicon #1

These are the first 24 terms that we need to know for the test on Wed.
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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absurdly outdated or old-fashioned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