Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


The act of obtaining secret or confidential information (intelligence) from non-disclosed sources or divulging of the same without the permission of the holder of the information.

Federal authorities sought a range of highly sensitive documents, including 11 caches of classified materials, indicating that the federal investigation was examining possible violations of the espionage Act, according to documents unsealed Friday.
The Palm Beach Post, 08/15/2022

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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. Laissez faire

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

2. Totalitarian

Logical incongruity

Having a bad disposition; surly.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

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

3. Paradigm

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

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

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

4. Nonsectarian

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.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

Division into ordered groups or categories.

5. Polymer

Any of numerous natural and synthetic compounds consisting of up to millions of repeated linked units,

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


Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

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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.