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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Yuanfen A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends. Chinese love society
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life society
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Philotimo (φιλότιμο) The inner impulse to act well and in alignment with the moral virtues that represent one's own society and upbringing Greek society character family
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
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
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Avspasere To take a day (or more) off from work (e.g., because one has previously worked overtime and has built up credit). Norwegian society time
Nito-onna A woman so dedicated to her career that she has no time to iron blouses, so dresses only in knitted tops. Japanese society work
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society



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