Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

DEMOTION

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

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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 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. Marsupial

Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative

Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.

To cringe in fear

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


2. Hypocrisy

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.


3. Outrageous

The arrangement of events in time

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


4. Vacillate

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

To stress or emphasize; intensify

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.


5. Deign

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

To condescend to give or grant

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.


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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.