Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


The act of obtaining secret or confidential information (intelligence) from non-disclosed sources or divulging of the same without the permission of the holder of the information.

Federal authorities sought a range of highly sensitive documents, including 11 caches of classified materials, indicating that the federal investigation was examining possible violations of the espionage Act, according to documents unsealed Friday.
The Palm Beach Post, 08/15/2022

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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. Totalitarian

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

2. Taxonomy

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

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Division into ordered groups or categories.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

3. Wrought

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Put together; created.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

4. Loquacious

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Very talkative; garrulous.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

5. Auspicious

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

To make an accusation against.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.

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

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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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.