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[dis-sat-is-fak-shuh n, dis-sat-] /ˌdɪs sæt ɪsˈfæk ʃən, dɪsˌsæt-/
the state or attitude of not being satisfied; discontent; displeasure.
a particular cause or feeling of displeasure or disappointment:
many dissatisfactions with the plan.
Origin of dissatisfaction
First recorded in 1630-40; dis-1 + satisfaction
Related forms
predissatisfaction, noun
self-dissatisfaction, noun
1. disappointment, disapproval, uneasiness.
Synonym Study
1.Dissatisfaction, discontent, displeasure imply a sense of dislike for, or unhappiness in, one's surroundings. Dissatisfaction results from contemplating what falls short of one's wishes or expectations: dissatisfaction with the results of an afternoon's work. Discontent is a sense of lack and a general feeling of uneasy dislike for the conditions of one's life: feeling a continual vague discontent. Displeasure suggests a certain amount of anger as well as dissatisfaction: displeasure at being kept waiting. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Disraeli offered a resolution of dissatisfaction in the House of Commons.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • A vague unrest and dissatisfaction with her Christian experience were growing on her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Roland, however, thought he was, and his dissatisfaction was becoming unbearable.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The cure for dissatisfaction was to recognize one's balance of good.

  • Neither Laura nor her husband will have any reason for dissatisfaction.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfaction


the state of being unsatisfied or disappointed
Derived Forms
dissatisfactory, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfaction

1630s; see dis- + satisfaction.

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