Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

CONTRADICTION

DEFINITION:
The fact of something being the complete opposite of something else or very different from something else, so that one of them must be wrong.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Some view the Las Vegas Strip as a contradiction to the bone-dry Mojave Desert it’s situated in.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 06/10/2024

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5 Elementary 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. A feeling of contempt or scorn.

disdain

fragrance

circumference

symbolism


2. A form of acrobatic display which involves the dramatic bending and flexing of the human body.

clarify

contortion

multitude

accomplish


3. Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or holds up progress

illuminate

specimen

obstacles

topic


4. Having an unvarying tone or pitch

observe

monotonous

classify

economy


5. Open resistance; bold disobedience.

contributions

defiance

scurry

ominous


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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.