Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A compulsory reduction in an employee's rank or job title within the organizational hierarchy of a company, public service department, or other body.

The Aug. 22 complaint from five current and former female employees alleges discrimination; wrongful termination or demotion; harassment and intimidation; pay inequities; and other things.
The Dayton Daily News, 12/05/2022

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. sabotage

Make an idea, impression, or feeling known or understandable to someone.

Having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable.

A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.

A thing that is granted, esp. in response to demands.

2. symbolism

A gift or payment to a common fund or collection.

A particular geographic region.

To set fire to (something), to light (something)

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

3. tactic

Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.

A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care

Exhibiting guilty or evasive secrecy.

4. cause

In order of time from the earliest to the latest

The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.

A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.

The source or reason of an event or action

5. recluse

Hidden, secret

The system of production and distribution and consumption.

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

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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.