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This Week's Word In The News 


To come together, to assemble, or to gather.

“People who live like this don’t really congregate, and try to stay out of view.”
The Los Angeles Times, 11/27/2023

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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. Tautology

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

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

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

2. Detritus

Logical incongruity

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

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

Of the same or similar nature or kind

3. Bowdlerize

Playfully jocular; humorous

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

4. Oxidize

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

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

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

5. Feckless

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

Very talkative; garrulous.

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

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

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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.