Positive Words Research is doing a research on unusual words that have at least 1% percentage of positivity in them. Some of the words from this list are unusual but they are also a source of wisdom. By researching more such words, you get to learn and acquire some new knowledge and a wisdom that you may not have known about.

As we discover unusual words one by one we will add them to this list. The list is not in alphabetical order because it was not created all at once. Each word was added over time. If you know a word that has not been added please comment at the end of this list and we will include it in this list. Please add in the comment the unusual word you know and his definition and meaning with your own words. Thank you so much for your contribution.


Halcyon (adj) meaning: a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. Peace and tranquility at is best! Calm and prosperity prevails all around.


Ikigai (n) meaning: Japanese concept that means a reason for being, a reason to get up in the morning, to enjoy the meaning of life – passion, purpose, something one lives for. Ikigai is a reason to live, that which gives life a sense of purpose.


Fika (n.) meaning: Swedish word that means a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life. Like “coffee with friends”.


Abditory (n.) meaning: a place into which you can disappear; a hiding place. We added this word to this list of unusual words because having some moments alone in your hiding place is a proof of self-love.


Petrichor (n.) meaning: the wonderful smell in the air after it’s been raining.


Kintsukuroi (n.) meaning: “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.


Meraki (v.) meaning: to do something with soul, creativity, or love, to put something of yourself into work.


Gezelligheid meaning: Dutch word that means the warmth of being with loved ones.


Forelsket meaning: Danish word that means the euphoria of falling in love.


Dor meaning: Romanian word that means the sense of longing when temporary separated from that whom you love. We added this word to this list of unusual words because due to “dor” we realize how much we love someone and how grateful we are that they are in our life. Therefore “dor” acts like a trigger for love and gratitude.


Merak meaning: Serbian word that means the sense of oneness with the universe that comes from the simplest of pleasures.


Odnoliub meaning: Russian word that means someone that has only one love in their life.


Yuanfen meaning: Chinese word that means the force that brings us together.


Inglenook (n.) meaning: a small, cozy retreat beside a fireplace.


Yogasm (n.) meaning: the feeling of bliss when you’re done working your ass off your yoga mat.

Bhumisparsa Mudra

Bhumisparsa Mudra meaning: “touching the earth” and is a gesture that asks the devil of the earth to witness the Buddha’s enlightenment. The Bhumisparsa Mudra transforms rage and anger into wisdom, and is commonly seen in Buddha statues around the world. This mudra is performed seated with the right hand reaching over the right knee, and the left hand softly curled upwards in the lap.


Amaranthine (adj.) meaning: underlying, immortal, eternally beautiful. It also means a deep purple-red.


Kalon (n.) meaning: beauty that is more than skin deep.


Saorsa (n.) meaning: freedom and liberty.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum meaning: one of the highest Buddhist mantras. Every word in this mantra is a mantra in itself. There is at least one Buddhist book for each of these words. When one uses this mantra in his meditations, to understand the depth of the mantra, one must study these books or learn to meditate with a master.


Sonder (n.) meaning: the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. Pronunciation: sohn-dehrr.


Textovert (n.) meaning: a person who is expressive and funny in texts but shy in person.


Quiescent meaning: a quiet, soft-spoken soul.


Chimerical meaning: merely imaginary; fanciful.


Susurrus meaning: a whispering or rustling sound.


Ranconteur meaning: one who excels in story-telling.


Clinquant meaning: glittering; tinsel-like.


Aubade meaning: a song greeting the dawn.


Ephemeral meaning: lasing a very short time.


Sempiternal meaning: everlasting; sweet in sound.


Billet-doux meaning: a love letter.


Redamancy meaning: act of loving in return.


Xylophile (n.) meaning: someone who loves forests, woods.


Hodophile (n.) meaning: one who loves to travel.


Onism (n.) meaning: the awareness of how little of the world you’ll experience.


Marmoris (n.) meaning: the shining surface of the ocean.


Lagom meaning: Swedish word that means not too little, not too much. Just right.


Wabi-sabi meaning: Noting lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect.


Cynefin (n.) meaning: Welsh word that means a place where a person or an animal feels it ought to live and belong; it is where nature around you feels right and welcoming.


Elysian (adj.) meaning: Greek word that means beautiful or creative; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect.


Birr (verb) meaning: a soft swishing sound; a trilling pronunciation, like a rumbly, whirring noise.


Lucelence (adj.) meaning: the state of being fine and beautiful, shining, brilliant.


Ukiyo (n.) meaning: Japanese word that means “The Floating World”; Living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life. Pronunciation: [u-key-yo]


Forinsecal (adj.) meaning: foreign, alien; not native to an area or place.


Woodnote (n.) meaning: a wild or natural musical tone, as that of a forest bird. Pronunciation: [woo d-noht]


Seraphic (adj.) meaning: beautiful and pure; having a sweet nature befitting an angel or cherub; of or relating to an angel of the first order.


Loistava (adj.) meaning: reflecting light as if giving off tiny sparks to shine brightly and steadily.

Koi no yokan

Koi no yokan (n.) meaning: Japanese word that means the extraordinary sense upon first meeting someone, that you will one day fall in love. Pronunciation: [ko-ee no yo-kan]


Kismet (n.) meaning: fate; destiny. Pronunciation [kiz-mit, -met,kis-]


Pavonine (adj.) meaning: characteristics of peacock; resembling the tail of a peacock, as in colors; iridescent.


Mesmeric (adj.) meaning: appealing, drawing attention.


Stellify (verb) meaning: to turn into a star; place among the stars.

This is a list of unusual words that is constantly updated based on continual research. You can use this list when you need to find some: unique words, weird words, rare words, new words, cool words, untranslatable words.

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