Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A situation that is complicated and unpleasant, and about which many facts are not clear.

What happened next is murky.
The Duluth News Tribune, 03/27/2023

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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. Hypotenuse

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

2. Moiety

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

A part, portion, or share.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

3. Enervate

Clear to the understanding.

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.

To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

4. Thermodynamics

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

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

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

To bring under control; conquer.

5. Abstemious

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

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

Eating and drinking in moderation.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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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.