Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

BRAZEN

DEFINITION:
Not ashamed of or embarrassed by one's bad behavior.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
As bold as he was when fighting his tickets, he was equally brazen in his professional life.
The Chicago Tribune, 06/05/2023

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5 Middle 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. Renegade

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.


2. Tranquility

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.

A cult or religious movement, a group sharing particular (often unorthodox) political and/or religious beliefs.


3. Nuisance

The arrangement of events in time

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.


4. Alliteration

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation


5. Spectrum

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

A proportional part or share.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.


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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.