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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 


Something that changes in character gradually or in very slight stages without any clear dividing points.

Instead, climate breakdown exists on a continuum where every 10th of a degree of additional heating means more death and suffering.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/16/2019

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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. Circumlocution

The lowest point

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

Tumultuous; stormy.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

2. Sanguine

To show servile deference.

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.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

3. Tautology

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

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

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

Put together; created.

4. Quasar

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

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

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

5. Incontrovertible

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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

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