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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Filotimo A friend of honour, but it also implies dignity, pride, sacrifice and respect Greek character friends
Enxebre Something pure and very authentic Galician positive attribute
Ripsaspis (ρίψασπις) Literal: "the one that throws down his shield"; the one that gives in with dismay Greek action
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Kenopsia The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet. English change time
Mensch A person of integrity and honour Yiddish character attribute
Saper vivere The ability to handle people and situations with charm, diplomacy and verve; cf. savior faire (French). Italian friends attribute
Tokimeki ときめき Excitement; Feeling of bliss or joy from a discrete experience Japanese emotion feeling happiness
Vybafnout To jump out and say "boo" Czech action funny surprise
Vypendrivatsja (выпендриваться) To behave in a way that makes one look more important or special than one is, to ride the high horse, to show off Russian character society
Shadenfreude Pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune. German feeling adverse
Thimru Used to describe sharp qualities or features Tamil attribute beauty
Mahalo Thankfulness, appreciation, and gratitude as a way of living Hawaiian positive
Didis To search and pick up lice from one's own hair, usually when in bed at night Indonesian physical adverse
Manna A sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success English change positive
Trennungsagentur Literal: "separation agent"; A man hired by women to break the news to their boyfriends that they are breaking up German action
Weemoed Lit. sadness, woe (wee) courage, daring, mood (moed); soft mood; light melancholy; having the strength to overcome a feeling of sorrow (e.g., arising in relation to nostalgia). Dutch adverse growth
Luscofusco Time of nightfall, just with the last ray of Sun Galician physical beauty
Utepils The act of sitting outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer Norwegian event life positive
Glückspilz A lucky person ("lucky mushroom") German positive
Abendrot The colour of the sky when the sun is setting German nature beauty
Goya (گویا) The transporting suspension of disbelief that can occur in storytelling Urdu surprise
Eshaku A slight bow of around 15 degrees Japanese physical action
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Uitwaaien To take a refreshing break outdoors in windy weather Dutch nature life beauty
Startijenn A kickstart/boost of energy; also denotes perseverance. Breton strength
Sóphrosuné (σωφροσύνη) excellence of character and soundness of mind; leads to other beneficial qualities, such as moderation and self-control. Greek awareness
Gemütlichkeit An atmosphere of belonging, relaxation, chilled music, great food and drink German music food life
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
Bimyou Not bad, or "meh" Japanese attribute



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