Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
Ubuntu A quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity. Zulu beauty character awareness
Bildung education, formation, acculturation, cultivation, development. German cultural
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Desenrascar An informal word that means the act of figuring out things Portuguese thinking growth
Zugzwang To be forced to make a move even though it will likely to be at your disadvantage German action interaction philosophy
tuḷir (துளிர்) Technically "a baby leaf", but it specifcally means a freshness tenderness, delicateness Tamil attribute beauty
Philotimo Love of honour Greek character
Queesting Inviting a lover into your bed for some pillow talk Dutch love action event
Débrouillardise Quality of someone who is resourceful and lives with the ability to creatively improvise; someone who can make do and solve problems without much French creative
Sayang Describes when you've wasted an opportunity Tagalog adverse reflection
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Nementia Feeling nervous or anxious in your own skin English feeling adverse
Apomakrysmenophobia The sudden fear that the relationships you posses are shallow or lack depth English thinking connection trust
Mamihlapinatapai A look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin Yaghan love feeling
Wú jí (無極) Lit. without highest point, utmost point, ridgepole; ultimate, boundless, limitless; the primodial universe; original nature. Chinese measurement
Te quiero Similar to "I love you" in a lower level, something that you say to someone and maybe someday it will be "love". For example, It's used with close co workers or in the classroom. Spanish feeling
Dreikäsehoch A small child who is as tall as three wheels of cheese stacked upon one another German measurement food
kataṟu (கதறு) Helplessly shaking and crying Tamil action adverse
Schilderwald Jungle of traffic signs; a street so crowded with signs that you become lost German stress confusion
Fisselig Being flustered to the point of incompetence German stress
Retrouvailles Lit. 'rediscovery'; a reunion (e.g., with loved ones after a long time apart). French friends family
Schlemiel An inept, clumsy person Yiddish attribute funny
Erinmek Not doing something you have to do just because you don’t want to; being a prick Nogay adverse
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Að redda To save someone or fix something in a time sensitive manner. Icelandic time
Ta'arof (تعارف) The complicated set of niceties and social rules to be observed as a form of good manners and proper etiquette Persian society interaction
Abhayamudrâ (अभय मुद्रा) The gesture (e.g., in Hindu and Buddhist iconography) of fearlessness, protection, and/or peace; involves the palms facing outwards, and the fingers extending upwards. Sanskrit strength
Sophrosyne A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in one's true happiness. Greek awareness happiness reflection
Półtora Specific word for one and a half of something Polish measurement




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