Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ESPIONAGE

DEFINITION:
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.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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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1. Guerrilla

Harmful, malevolent, injurious. Harmfully cancerous.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


2. Phloem

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


3. Exponent

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

A proportional part or share.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


4. Embargo

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.


5. Inference

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.


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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.