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Words in the News

Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Extremely angry; furious.

And now they're livid over his proposed 7,000-square-foot temple expansion, which the Santa Clara County Board of supervisors will consider Feb. 9.
The San Jose Mercury News, 02/01/2016

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Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Chicanery

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

A system of names used in an art or science:

Playfully jocular; humorous

2. Antebellum

Playfully jocular; humorous

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

3. Nonsectarian

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

4. Oligarchy

To make an accusation against.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

5. Feckless

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Everyday; commonplace.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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