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This Week's Word In The News 


A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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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. Supercilious

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

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

2. Incontrovertible

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

Of or relating to money

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

3. Chromosome

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

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

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

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

4. Moiety

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

A part, portion, or share.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

5. Antebellum

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.

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

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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.