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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness society
Hikikomori When a young person who is obsessed with TV, video games, and the internet, withdraws from society Japanese habits society
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish event society
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Crapoter verb. To not take a lungful of a cigarette. French health action society
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
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
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
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
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life 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
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
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Mumpsimus A traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable. English society cultural
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Eomchina Contraction of the phrase "Mom's friend's son". Academically successful (and possibly wealthy) male student who is the target of envy among others Korean family society work




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