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Social Studies Vocab

Chinese vocabulary words that will help to understand ancient china.

Warlord a military commander exercising civil power by force, usually in a limited area.
aristocrats a member of an upper class of society, usually made of hereditary nobility.
ancestor A person that someone is descended from.
pictographs A symbol in a writing system based on pictures.
ideographs A symbol in a writing system that represents a thing or an idea.
bureaucracy A group of non-elected government officials.
hereditary Having title or possession by reason of birth.
Mandate of Heaven The belief that the Chinese king's right to rule came from the gods.
Dao Chinese system of beliefs which describes the way a king must rule.
Confucianism A system of beliefs based on the teachings of Confucius.
Daoism A Chinese philosophy concerned with obtaining long life and living in harmony with nature.
legalism A Chinese philosophy that stressed the importance of laws.
filial piety The responsibility children have to respect, obey, and care for their parents.
censor An official who watches others for correct behavior.
currency Something, such as coins or paper money, that is used as a medium or exchange.
civil service The administrative service or government
tenant farmer A farmer who works land owned by someone else and pays rent in cash or as a share of the crop.
acupuncture Originally, a Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points to treat disease or relieve pain.
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