Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A situation that is complicated and unpleasant, and about which many facts are not clear.

What happened next is murky.
The Duluth News Tribune, 03/27/2023

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5 Middle 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. Deign

The supporting and water-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting primarily of tracheids and vessels; woody tissue.

A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace

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

To condescend to give or grant

2. Recede

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

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

Being without or almost without hope

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

3. Flourish

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

A person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive

4. Suffrage

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

The right or privilege of voting; franchise.

Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk.

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.

5. Maneuver

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

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

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

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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.