Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


A legal document that commands a person or entity to testify as a witness at a specified time and place.

Workers at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach club, have reportedly been subpoenaed in the investigation into his keeping of classified documents at the property.
, 03/20/2023

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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. Obsequious

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

A temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

2. Nanotechnology

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

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

3. Hegemony

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

The predominant influence, as of a state, region, or group, over another or others.

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

4. Churlish

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

5. Usurp

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

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.

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

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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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.