Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

CONDOLENCE

DEFINITION:
An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of a death.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden extended their “deepest condolences” to Comperatore’s family.
The Morning Cal, 07/15/2024

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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. Hemoglobin

To show servile deference.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.


2. Belie

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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


3. Omnipotent

The lowest point

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.


4. Epiphany

Architectural.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.


5. Auspicious

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.


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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.