Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ILLICIT

DEFINITION:
Forbidden by law, rules, or custom.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
A motorist accused of being involved in an illicit street race that led to a crash that killed two teenagers last month accelerated his car to keep up with the victims’ vehicle, which was traveling about 75 mph, the Metropolitan Police Department alleged in an arrest report.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/08/2024

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5 Elementary 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. Disappointingly inadequate; gloomy and bleak.

potential

unsightly

dismal

illuminate


2. A mixture of various ingredients or elements.

momentum

concoction

contortion

fragrance


3. Something small enough to escape casual notice.

muster

detail

debris

conspicuous


4. The place set for the end of a journey, or to which something is sent; place or point aimed at.

repugnant

destination

symbolism

boundary


5. The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

foresight

egregious

meticulous

infer


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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.