Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A weight suspended from a pivot so that it can swing freely.

The grim forecast was driven by lower than projected state revenues, continuing a pendulum swing from the fiscal boom of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Los Angeles Times, 05/13/2024

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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. Thermodynamics

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

2. Abjure

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

3. Xenophobe

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

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

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

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

4. Parameter

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

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

5. Soliloquy

Very talkative; garrulous.

The basic unit of currency among participating European Union countries.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

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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.