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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Être dépaysé To be in an environment you're not used to French change society awareness
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
Schadenfreude To be happy when things go wrong for someone else German adverse society
Majime (真面目) Reliable, responsible, diligent; seriousness, formality. Japanese society attribute
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Hikikomori Reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement Japanese society
Nekama A man who pretends to be a woman on the internet Japanese 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
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
Formacja A state of mind and its own culture of a generation Polish society change
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
Dapjeongneo Used when someone asks a question despite knowing the answer, expecting the listener to make a smart and studied guess Korean society interaction
Guān xì (關係) Cultivating relationships; reciprocal connections; networking; social karma. Chinese society friends
Weltschmerz Feeling hopeless about the state our world is currently in ("world pain") German adverse society
Philoxenia (Φιλοξενία) Love of strangers, guests; a hospitable act of welcome. Greek 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
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Zgabalj Mixture of all the bad things in the world, combined Serbian adverse society
Rabenmutter A bad mom ("raven mother") German family society adverse
Gezelligheid Coziness, fun, the general togetherness that gives people a warm feeling. Dutch friends society positive
Dugnad Communal work in a gathering for mutually accomplishing a task (ex: a knitting bee) Norwegian work society connection
Talkoot a collectively pursued/undertaken task; voluntary community work. Finnish 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



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