Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ABJECT

DEFINITION:
Utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
In a succinct and devastating assessment, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Tuesday that the delayed law enforcement response to the gunman inside a Uvalde elementary school was an "abject failure" that ignored lessons from previous school shootings.
The Amarillo Globe-News, 06/27/2022

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5 Middle 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. Embargo

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

A proportional part or share.

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief


2. Renaissance

Incorrectness of reasoning or belief

To cringe in fear

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A rebirth or revival.


3. Despondent

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

Being without or almost without hope

Having or demonstrating enthusiasm

The act of resting or the state of being at rest.


4. Random

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective.

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.


5. Commemorate

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


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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.