Social Studies Vocabulary

  1. polls
    • the place where people
    • vote
  2. vague
    not clearly understood or expressed
  3. matriarchy
    a form of socialorganization in which a female is the family head and title is traced throughthe female line
  4. patriarchy
    a form of socialorganization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through themale line
  5. consciousness
    an alert cognitive statein which you are aware of yourself and your situation
  6. predecessor
    one who precedes you intime (as in holding a position or office)
  7. unprecedented
    having no precedent;novel
  8. miscegenation
    reproduction by parentsof different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
  9. sanction
    a mechanism of socialcontrol for enforcing a society's standards
  10. reform
    make changes for improvement in order toremove abuse and injustices
  11. authoritarian
    characteristic of anabsolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
  12. totalitarian
    characterized by agovernment in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralizedcontrol
  13. assertion
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
  14. catastrophe
    • an event resulting in
    • great loss and misfortune
  15. dictator
    • a ruler who is
    • unconstrained by law
  16. famine
    a severe shortage of food (as through cropfailure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
  17. hardliner
    a conservative who isuncompromising
  18. colonial
    of or relating to orcharacteristic of or inhabiting a colony
  19. federal
    national; especially in reference to thegovernment of the United States as distinct from that of its member units
  20. feminist
    a supporter of feminism
  21. conservative
    a person who is reluctantto accept changes and new ideas
  22. liberal
    a person who favors a political philosophyof progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
  23. imperialism
    a policy of extendingyour rule over foreign countries
  24. despot
    -a cruel and oppressive dictator
  25. monarchy
    an autocracy governed bya monarch who usually inherits the authority
  26. democracy
    a political system inwhich the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people torepresent them
  27. feudal system
    the social system thatdeveloped in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords whothey had to serve in war
  28. parliament
    a legislative assembly incertain countries
  29. integration
    the action of incorporatinga racial or religious group into a community
  30. amendment
    a statement that is addedto or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)
  31. nationalism
    love of country andwillingness to sacrifice for it
  32. patriotism
    love of country andwillingness to sacrifice for it
  33. nomad
    a member of a people who have no permanenthome but move about according to the seasons
  34. agriculture
    the class of peopleengaged in growing food
  35. industry
    the organized action ofmaking of goods and services for sale
  36. espionage
    he systematic use ofspies to get military or political secrets
  37. disproportionate
    out of proportion
  38. clergy
    in Christianity, clergymen collectively(as distinguished from the laity)
  39. trend
    a general direction in which somethingtends to move
  40. reign
    the period during which a monarch issovereign
  41. impeachment
    a formal documentcharging a public official with misconduct in office
  42. subsequent
    following in time or order
  43. assets
    anything of material value or usefulnessthat is owned by a person or company
  44. radical ]
    a person who has radical ideasor opinions
  45. resurgence
    bringing again intoactivity and prominence
  46. haven
    a shelter serving as aplace of safety or sanctuary
  47. eradicate
    destroy completely, as ifdown to the roots
  48. legitimate
    in accordance withrecognized or accepted standards or principles
  49. insurgent
    • a member of an irregular
    • armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
  50. diplomat
    an official engaged ininternational negotiations
  51. embassy
    a diplomatic buildingwhere ambassadors live or work
  52. ambassador
    a diplomat of the highestrank; accredited as representative from one country to another
  53. heyday
    the period of greatest prosperity orproductivity
  54. alienate
    make withdrawn or isolatedor emotionally dissociated
  55. ouster
    the act of ejecting someone or forcing themout
  56. auspicious
    auguring favorablecircumstances and good luck
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Social Studies Vocabulary
Vocabulary words dealing with social studies!