Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

MUSHER

DEFINITION:
A person who controls the dogs that are pulling a sled.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
mushers have reported a range of reasons for sitting out Alaska’s most famous sporting tradition.
The Anchorage Daily News, 12/12/2022

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5 High 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. Abrogate

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Of or relating to money

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.


2. Nonsectarian

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.


3. Antebellum

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

Having one’s true identity concealed.


4. Temblor

Shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.


5. Hypotenuse

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


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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.