Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ABJECT

DEFINITION:
Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
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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5 Middle School Words

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1. Tundra

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

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles

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


2. Hypocrisy

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

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

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.


3. Quarantine

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.

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

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.


4. Yacht

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

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

Of, relating to, or occurring in the night

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.


5. Participle

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

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

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


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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.