Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

APOCALYPSE

DEFINITION:
A prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil. Any universal or widespread destruction or disaster.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
“She’s posing with guns and talking about the apocalypse.”
The Denver Post, 09/19/2022

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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. Moiety

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

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

A part, portion, or share.

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.


2. Notarize

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

To certify or attest to (the validity of a signature on a document, for example) as a notary public.


3. Gerrymander

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

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


4. Laissez faire

Lacking social polish; tactless.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

Put together; created.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.


5. Hubris

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

Clear to the understanding.

Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

To renounce under oath; forswear.


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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.