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preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
apostate - one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs; N. apostasy
inclement - stormy; unkind; unmerciful; CF. clement
alias - an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias
parvenu - upstart; newly rich person
gruff - rough-mannered; (of a voice) rough; hoarse
selective - careful in choosing; having an effect only on certain things; not general; Ex. eclectic weed killer
flail - beat with or as if with a flail; move wildly; thresh grain by hand; strike or slap; toss about; N: threshing tool consisting of a stick swinging from the end of a long handle
piebald - of different colors; mottled; spotted in different colors (esp. in black and white); Ex. piebald horse; CF. pie+bald
brackish - somewhat saline