Eunoia

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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
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
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
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Fremdschämen To be embarrassed by something somebody else did German society thinking adverse
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Sortable adj. Someone you can take out without fear of being embarrassed, usually used to refer to friends or family members. e.g. "Elle n'est pas sortable." French friends interaction society
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
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
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Arlésienne Used to describe people who are at the centre of a conversation/situation/problem but can’t be found anywhere French society interaction
Janteloven Jante’s law; a set of social codes or norms that emphasize the importance of collective success rather than individual Norwegian society positive interaction
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
inssa Short word of insider = trendy people who catch up with the trends Korean society
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese society
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness




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