Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


To disturb or disquiet; stir up; irritate; vex.

The Writers Guild of America and the major Hollywood studios are closing in on a deal that would end a 145-day strike that has roiled the film and TV business and caused thousands of job losses.
The Los Angeles Times, 09/25/2023

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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. Moiety

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A part, portion, or share.

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

To renounce under oath; forswear.

2. Fiduciary

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

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

Logical incongruity

3. Polymer

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

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

4. Quasar

Eating and drinking in moderation.

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

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle.

5. Equinox

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

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

Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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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.