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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.
This Week's Word In The News 


Causing great horror; horribly repugnant; grisly.

The coordinated strike marked the second time in a year that Trump has used force against Assad, who U.S. officials believe has continued to test the West’s willingness to accept gruesome chemical attacks.
The Denver Post, 04/16/2018

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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. Gamete

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

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.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

2. Incontrovertible

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

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

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

3. Polymer

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

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Of or relating to money

4. Supercilious

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

Of or relating to money

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

5. Vacuous

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Logical incongruity

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

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

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