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This Week's Word In The News 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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

Ziggurat

Loquacious

Suffragist

Inculcate


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

Inculcate

Expurgate

Quasar

Interpolate


3. Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

Auspicious

Abjure

Plasma

Hemoglobin


4. Division into ordered groups or categories.

Plasma

Hemoglobin

Incontrovertible

Taxonomy


5. Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Incognito

Omnipotent

Abstemious

Tectonic


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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.