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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
Ômä (өмә) Collective helping Bashkir society positive
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling society
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
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
Taraadin A happy solution for everyone Arabic happiness society
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
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese 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
Occhiolism The awareness of the smallness of your perspective English awareness life society
Tachiyomi To stand in a bookstore and read a book without buying it Japanese society funny action
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse 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
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
inssa Short word of insider = trendy people who catch up with the trends Korean society
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
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food 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
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Opia the ambiguous intensity of eye-contact which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. English society awareness
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work



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