Eunoia

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
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
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek society
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Monachopsis The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place English awareness society
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese 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
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Mokita The truth we all know but agree not to talk about. Kilivila awareness thinking society
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
Greng-jai The feeling of not wanting to impose Thai feeling 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
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
Khaste Nabashid (خسته نباشید) "I hope that you are not tired" Persian society work
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
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
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
inssa Short word of insider = trendy people who catch up with the trends Korean society
Épater les bourgeois To shock the middle classes French society surprise extreme




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