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Ancient China Vocab

Ancient China Vocabulary/Vanadore SS/

TermDefinition
Aristocrat a member of an upper class of society, usually made up of hereditary nobility.
Pictograph a symbol in a writing system based on pictures.
Ideograph a symbol a writing system that represent a thing or an idea.
Bureaucracy a group of non-elected government officials.
Social class a group of people who are at a similar cultural, economic, or educational level.
Filial piety the responsibility children have to respect, obey, and care for their parents.
Acupuncture originally, a Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points to
Mandate an official order
Oracle Bones a group of inscribed animal bones and shells discovered in China and used originally in divination by the ancient Chinese, especially during the Shang dynasty.
Confucianism a system of philosophical and ethical teachings founded by Confucius and developed by Mencius
Daoism a Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Lao-tzu advocating humility and religious piety
Legalism dependence on moral law rather than on personal religious faith
Ancestors a person, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended.
Warlords a military commander exercising civil power by force, usually in a limited area.
Mandate of Heaven idea that there could be only one legitimate ruler of China at a time, and that this ruler had the blessing of the gods.
Created by: geom1491