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impugn - dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); attack as false or questionable; challenge; gainsay; CF. fight
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
acrimonious - stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-natured animosity in speech or behavior
predicament - difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
aerie - (aery,eyrie,eyry) nest of a large bird of prey
epistemologist - philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
caustic - burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action; sarcastically biting; (of remarks) intended to hurt; bitter; harmful; OP. harmless
thresh - beat (cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains from the straw
innocuous - harmless
meddlesome - interfering; V. meddle: interfere