Words in the News

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 phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.

There are no proposals on the table to make draconian cuts or to make every American pay a fee or tax.
The Chicago Tribune, 12/11/2017

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Words in the News Quiz
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. Bowdlerize

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

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

Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

2. Lexicon

Put together; created.

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

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary:

3. Abjure

Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.

To renounce under oath; forswear.

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

To make an accusation against.

4. Filibuster

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

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

Playfully jocular; humorous

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

5. Kinetic

To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill.

The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

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