Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary 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. subside

To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle

To make something by merging parts.

To finish successfully

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

2. engross

The fervor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance; diligent enthusiasm; powerful interest.

A feeling of contempt or scorn.

To completely engage the attention of.

Flexible, liable to change.

3. adversary

The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

An opponent or rival.

To notice or view, especially carefully or with attention to detail.

4. ominous

Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.

To sway back and forth; to totter or reel.

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

5. reflection

The brink of a dangerous situation.

Scattered fragments, typically of something wrecked or destroyed

Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities.

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

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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.