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disparate
adj. essentially different in kind; containing elements very different from one another
innate
adj. inborn; natural
emirate
n. the rank, lands, or reign of an emir
emir
n. a title of various Muslim (mainly Arab) rulers
rueful
adj. expressing sorrow or regret, especially when in a slightly humorous way
stentorian
adj. (of a persons voice) loud and powerfuk
assiduous
adj. showing great care and perseverance
precipice
n. a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one
insidious
adj. proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects; treacherous
abate
v. to lessen, reduce, or remove (especially a nuisance)
sparse
adj. thinly dispersed or scattered
tantamount
adj (used before "to") equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as
ayatollah
n. a Shiite religious leader in iran
sheikh
n. an Arab leader, in particular the chief or head of an Arab tribe, family, or village
fluke
n. unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck
bemuse
v. to puzzle, confuse, or bewilder (someone)
ergometer
n. an apparatus that measures work or energy expended during a period of physical exercise
sharia law
n. the legal framework within which the public and some private aspects of life are regulated for those living in a legal system based on Islam
billet
v. to lodge (soldiers) in a particular place, especially a civilian's house or other no military facility
litany
n. a prolonged or tedious account