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HISTORICAL WORD : MEANING
  • alliance : union, confederation, or formal relation between States by agreement
  • anthropologist : scientist who studies man and society
  • appeasement : satisfaction of aggressor by granting of concessions
  • archaeologist : scientist who studies prehistoric remains and artifacts of early man
  • archery : use of bow and arrows
  • barter : trade by exchange of goods
  • Brahma : supreme Hindu deity or creator of the universe
  • caliph, Khalifa : successor of prophet Mohammed; official head of Islam
  • caste : social class in Hindu society based on birth
  • cavalry : soldiers on horseback
  • coalition : temporary alliance between political parties
  • colony : territory directly controlled by an outside power, sometimes by force
  • covenant : sealed contract or binding agreement
  • custom : traditional and generally accepted practice
  • daimyo : warrior knight of Japan directly below the shogun during the feudal period
  • disciple : student or follower of a leader of religious thought
  • dynasty : ruling family with line of hereditary rulers
  • expedition : voyage or journey with a definite purpose
  • federation : union formed by joining together of two or more states
  • feudalism : system of rule by local lords with ties of loyalty to a king
  • fief : territory held in fee or provided in exchange for loyalty
  • haiku : short Japanese poem that describes scene or generates feelings
  • imperialism : rule of emperor or control of colony / region by another country
  • infantry : soldiers on foot
  • Koran : sacred book of Mohammedans
  • minaret : slender tower of mosque
  • nirvana : state of losing oneself and attaining impersonal beatitude as per Buddhist highest good
  • nomad : wanderer who roams different pastures
  • quota : share for each person, party or state
  • relics : surviving remnant or memento of holy person kept after death
  • sage : wise and holy person
  • samurai : warrior knight of Japan during the feudal period; army officer in modern Japan
  • scripture : sacred book of a religion or the Bible
  • silt : sediment rich in minerals deposited by moving water or flooding rivers
  • simony : trading of religious offices; trafficking in church promotions
  • sovereign : ruler with supreme power exempt from external control
  • statesman : wise experienced practical politician involved in management of State affairs
  • statue : sculptured figure of person or animal usually the same size as in real life or larger
  • status quo : state of affairs as of some date or event
  • tariff : schedule of duties on goods
  • terrorism : systematic intimidation or unlawful violent acts by a group to further a cause
  • tithe : tax of one-tenth paid to the church, especially of annual land produce
  • zaibatsu : wealthy Japanese families who own large businesses and dominate the economy

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