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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 


An often secret action taken by two or more parties to achieve an illegal or improper purpose.

And it could mean Trump Jr. crossed the legal line on collusion with Russia.
The Chicago Tribune, 07/17/2017

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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. Tautology

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

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

2. Nonsectarian

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

3. Facetious

To show servile deference.

Playfully jocular; humorous

To bring under control; conquer.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

4. Moiety

The lowest point

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

A part, portion, or share.

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

5. Oxidize

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

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

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

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

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