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10 New Words That Describe Feelings We All Go Through

Published on 11 March, 2018 at 4:30 pm By

How many times in life have we felt something and did not how to describe it? Countless, right? From not being able to tell someone how that special someone makes us feel to innumerable other things, we just end up saying ‘indescribable’ in many situations.


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Here we give you ten such words, which describe moments or feelings we have all been through. If not all of them, at least one of them will be relatable for us all.

1. Sonder

It is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

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2. Opia

Opia is the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable—their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque—as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out.

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3. Monachopsis

This is the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal on a beach—lumbering, clumsy, easily distracted, huddled in the company of other misfits, unable to recognize the ambient roar of your intended habitat, in which you’d be fluidly, brilliantly, effortlessly at home.

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4. Liberosis

Liberosis is the desire to care less about things. To loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it from you before you reach the end zone—rather to hold your life loosely and playful.

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5. Rubatosis


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The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat is called ‘rubatosis’

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6. Kenopsia



The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet for example, a school hallway in the evening, an unlit office on a weekend or vacant fairgrounds and many other such places which are generally crowded with people.

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7. Chrysalism

the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.

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8. Anecdoche

Anedoche occurs when during a conversation everyone is talking but nobody is listening. They are simply overlaying disconnected words like a game of Scrabble, with each player borrowing bits of other anecdotes as a way to increase their own score, until they all run out of things to say.

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9. Ellipsism

This is the term given to a sense of sadness one experiences when realizing that one won’t live to see the future.

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10. Occhiolism

It is the awareness of the smallness of your perspective in the scheme of the universe.

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Time to show off new learned vocabulary then!

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