Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

COMMUNAL

DEFINITION:
Individuals who gather into social groups.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It has also proved especially deadly among some communal mammals, such as elephant seals and sea lions in South America, as well as caged fur-farmed animals in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times, 04/15/2024

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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. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

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

Clear to the understanding.


2. Oligarchy

Clear to the understanding.

The lowest point

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

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


3. Temblor

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

To bring under control; conquer.

A part, portion, or share.

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.


4. Nonsectarian

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.


5. Incontrovertible

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

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


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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.