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This Week's Word In The News 

COMMUNAL

DEFINITION:
Individuals who gather into social groups.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
It has also proved especially deadly among some communal mammals, such as elephant seals and sea lions in South America, as well as caged fur-farmed animals in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times, 04/15/2024

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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. Xenophobe

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.


2. Gauche

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Lacking social polish; tactless.

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

Having a harmful effect; injurious.


3. Chromosome

Not interesting; dull:

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

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

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


4. Antebellum

A diligent, dependable worker.

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

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.


5. Quasar

To renounce under oath; forswear.

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

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

Clear to the understanding.


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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.