Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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5 High School Words

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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. Vehement

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

2. Evanescent

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

3. Irony

Having one’s true identity concealed.

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

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

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

4. Circumnavigate

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

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

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

To proceed completely around:

5. Soliloquy

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

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.

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

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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.