10 Intriguing Words From 10 Intriguing Languages

The English vocabulary is dense and full of colorful words that you didn’t know existed. Even so, there are some feelings that are hard to find captured in the words we collect in English dictionaries. Here are 10 words from other languages that don’t exist in English:

 

serein

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(n) the fine, light rain that falls from a clear sky at sunset or in the early hours of the night; evening serenity

french

pronounced se-ren

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numinous

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(adj.) describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted–the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired

english, latin origin

pronounced ‘nU-mi-nus

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convinencia

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(n.) lit. “living together”, in the sense of living or working closely with other people with whom you share feelings, desires, or a common purpose

spanish

pronounced “con-vi-‘ven-sE-a

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sophrosyne

Choose-to-be-happy

(n.) a healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one’s true self, and resulting in true happiness

greek

pronounced “so-frO-‘sU-nA

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nazlanmak

giphy

(v.) pretending reluctance or indifference when you are actually willing or eager; saying no and meaning yes

turkish

pronounced nahz-lahn-mahk

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consenescere

fading-away

(v.) to grow old and gray together; to stay too long in an occupation; or to decay, to lose respect, to fade

latin

pronounced con-“sen-es-‘er-e

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gibigianna

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(n.) the play of light reflected from water or a mirror; a sunlit area; figuratively, a woman who flaunts her charm or who wishes to dazzle you with her elegance

italian

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ostranenie

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(n.) encouraging people to see common things as strange, wild, or unfamiliar; defamiliarizing what is known in order to know it differently or more deeply

russian

pronounced ‘os-tra-“nen-E

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mbuki-mvuki

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(v.) (phr.) to shed one’s clothing spontaneously and dance naked in joy

bantu

pronounced em-‘bU-kE- em-vU-kE

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smutronstalle

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(n.) lit. “place of wild strawberries”; a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress or sadness

swedish

pronounced “smUl-tron-‘stel-e

 

Author: Cecilia

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