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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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. Yeoman

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

A diligent, dependable worker.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

2. Parabola

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Eating and drinking in moderation.

3. Vortex

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

4. Reciprocal

A system of names used in an art or science:

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

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

5. Homogeneous

Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Of the same or similar nature or kind

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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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.