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Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

STYMIED

DEFINITION:
To be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“The continued growth in vehicle miles traveled combined with increases in the size and weight of vehicles have stymied progress.”
The Boston Herald, 05/23/2022

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5 High School 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. A diligent, dependable worker.

Yeoman

Unctuous

Belie

Tempestuous


2. To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

Enfranchise

Circumnavigate

Auspicious

Xenophobe


3. Everyday; commonplace.

Xenophobe

Obsequious

Quotidian

Parameter


4. To renounce under oath; forswear.

Orthography

Abjure

Gamete

Pecuniary


5. Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

Tautology

Tectonic

Supercilious

Omnipotent


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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.