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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Badkruka Someone who refuses to enter a body of water. Eg. Get in the lake you badkruka, or am I going to have to pull you in by your beard? Swedish funny nature explore
Rè nào (熱鬧) Not only fun and lively, but also has a special vibe that makes everyone want to be there. Chinese positive music
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Han Sorrow, regret, grief, resentment, "a dull ache of the soul", yet passive and not revenge seeking; waiting for the injustice to be righted Korean society persistence adverse
Meraki Describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be. Greek emotion strength
Qarrtsiluni Sitting together in the darkness, waiting for inspiration to strike you Iñupiaq awareness thinking reflection
Oodal Overly exaggerated, fake anger that follows a lovers’ quarrel Tamil love event feeling
Pragma longtime love, such as in long marriages Greek love family
Schnickschnack Items of little value; empty words that people may utter German adverse
Moledro A feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you'll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away English awareness connection
Klexos the art of dwelling on the past; coined by John Koenig. English thinking
Stushevatsya To fade into the background Russian action
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Kæk Spirited, bold, cheeky, cocky. Danish attribute
Kweesten Inviting a lover into your bed for some pillow talk Dutch love action event
La douleur exquise The pain that comes from wanting someone you can’t have French feeling awareness love
Bohereen A tight, single lane country lane Irish explore physical
Zechpreller A person who leaves a restaurant without paying German adverse action food
Mātauranga The comprehension, or understanding of the universe Nogay awareness thinking reflection
Mecnun "madly in love" to the point of actual mental instability Turkish love emotion
Ellipsism A sadness that you'll never be able to know how history will turn out English adverse thinking time
Efkar The boredom of the soul. A lovely moment, that you need to be so happy, but instead you feel with a deep sorrow. Turkish feeling adverse
Sankocha The feeling of embarrassment due to receiving an inordinate or extravagent gift/favor, making you feel as though you need to return a favor that you can't Kannada feeling
Lítost Sate of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery. Czech adverse awareness fate
Pelinti To move hot food around in your mouth Buli food
Fargin To wholeheartedly appreciate the success of others Yiddish empathy happiness connection
Mauri The essence that animates something living, but not human Māori nature
Putzfimmel Adjective for someone who is obsessed with cleaning German habits
Madrugarse To stay up until the wee hours of the morning Spanish time action
Ukiyo The floating world - living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life Japanese creative visual art

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