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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Presenzialismo Someone who’s preoccupation is to make appearances at social events; the tendency to be present at every social event in order to get noticed. Italian community friends
Minestra riscaldata Literally "heated soup"; something done again but never as good as the first time it happened. Alternative to cavoli riscaldati (heated cabbage) Italian attribute
Gattara A woman catlover who feeds alley cats or spends time with domestic cats Italian life society
Commuovere "Heartwarming,” but specifically refers to a story that moved you to tears Italian beauty interaction emotion
Saper vivere The ability to handle people and situations with charm, diplomacy and verve; cf. savior faire (French). Italian friends attribute
Magari maybe, hopeful wish, wistful regret, in my dreams, if only. Italian thinking
Abbiocco The feeling of falling asleep after lunch or dinner Italian food feeling
Riposo Rest, repose; a nap; cf. siesta. Italian event society
Umarell A term referring specifically to men of retirement age who spend their time watching construction sites, especially roadworks – stereotypically with hands clasped behind their back and offering unwanted advice Italian attribute
Qualunquismo Political apathy; people who really don’t care very much about politics and related issues in society Italian society
Culaccino The mark left on the table by a cold glass Italian physical food
Pomicione A man who seizes any chance of being in close contact with a woman Italian attribute
Capoclaque Someone who co-ordinates a group of clappers. Italian society attribute
Attaccabottone Something that you long to get away from but struggle to Italian adverse
Rocambolesco Stunning action that requires extreme audacity; literally means "there's no need" as in "there's no need to thank you" Italian extreme surprise
Cavoli riscaldati Literally "reheated cabbage"; When you attempt to start up a failed relationship or love affair Italian love event persistence

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