32 Feelings You Experience, But Couldn’t Fully Describe It

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Have you ever experienced something that you want to describe to someone so that they can relate, but you just can’t find the right words to explain it? Check out The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, created by John Koenig that defines words for emotions that do not  have a proper descriptive term. The words for emotions or also known as “neologisms,” are based on Koenig’s research on the origin of a word and meanings of used prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Scroll down to read some of the most common entries and see if you ever experience any of the feelings described, now that you have a proper word for them!


1. Paro: The feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong.

2. Altschmerz: Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.

3. Moachopsis: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

4. Enouement: The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

5. Vellichor: The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

6. Rubatosis: The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.


7. Kenopsia: Thee eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

8. Mauerbauertraurigkeit: The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

9. Jouska: A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

10. Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.


11. Vemodalen: The frustration of doing something amazing when thousands of similar acts have already been done before in the past.

12. Anecdoche: A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening.

13. Ellipsism: A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

14. Kuebiko: A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.


15. Lachesism: The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

16. Exulansis: The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.

17. Adronitis: Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

18. Ruckkehrunruhe: The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find i fading rapidly from your awareness.

19. Nodus Tollens: The realisation that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.

20. Onism: The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.

21. Liberosis: The desire to care less about things

22. Altschmerz: Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had- the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.


23. Sonder: The realisation that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.


24. Silience: The kind of unnoticed excellence that revolves on around you every day life.

25. Morii: The desire to preserve a everlasting moment or experience through a snap of a photo.

26. Moment of Tangency: A glimpse of life as it might’ve been, had you made a different choices along the journey.


27. Kudoclasm: The feeling of your life is flashing before your eyes, but it’s actually you’re thinking forward to all the things you have never done or experienced.


28. Lutalica: The feeling that one part of your life or identity does not fit into any categories.


29. Dès Vu: The moment of realisation that hours from now that this very moment will become a part of your memory and that perception of the moment will keep changing to your liking.


30. Ballagàrraidh: The feeling that you are far away from home while you are travelling outside of the city.


31. Avenoir: The desire that memory could flow backwards


32. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of looking at a person’s eye, which can feel simultaneously intrusive and vulnerable. 


Have you ever felt any of the feelings described, now you have a word for them? Leave us your thoughts on the comment sections below. Head over to Jobstore.com and unveil your next job opportunity.

You Jing is a content writer who writes career and lifestyle contents to inspire job seekers and employers alike on their journey to work-life balance, empowerment and transformation in their career path.

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