Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A forgetting or overlooking of any past offense, especially to a class of persons as a whole.

Musk said he would grant “amnesty” for suspended accounts and causing yet more uncertainty for users.
The San Jose Mercury News, 11/28/2022

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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. Gamete

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

2. Quasar

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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

3. Subjugate


Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

To bring under control; conquer.

4. Incontrovertible

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

To proceed completely around:

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

5. Circumlocution

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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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.