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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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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. Gerrymander

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

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.


2. Detritus

Division into ordered groups or categories.

A product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away; debris.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.


3. Suffragist

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

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


4. Vortex

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

A system of names used in an art or science:

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.


5. Gamete

Needless repetition of the same sense in different words; redundancy.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

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.


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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.