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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.
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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. Nonsectarian

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

2. Abjure

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

The lowest point

3. Winnow

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

4. Vehement

Lacking social polish; tactless.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

The clear, yellowish fluid portion of blood, lymph, or intramuscular fluid in which cells are suspended.

5. Quasar

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

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This Week's Word In The News 


Spontaneously fanciful or playful; given to whims; capricious; quaint, unusual, or fantastic.

whimsical new plans unveiled by Google to expand its corporate headquarters captivated its hometown city and the world Friday, the latest step by a tech giant to catapult Silicon Valley from tilt-up office dullsville to a region of architectural landmarks.
The San Jose Mercury News, 03/02/2015