[ dis-kuh n-ten-tid ]
/ ˌdɪs kənˈtɛn tɪd /


not content or satisfied; dissatisfied; restlessly unhappy: For all their wealth, or perhaps because of it, they were discontented.

Nearby words

  1. disconnect,
  2. disconnected,
  3. disconnection,
  4. disconsolate,
  5. discontent,
  6. discontinuance,
  7. discontinuation,
  8. discontinuation test,
  9. discontinue,
  10. discontinuity

Origin of discontented

First recorded in 1485–95; discontent + -ed2

Related formsdis·con·tent·ed·ly, adverbdis·con·tent·ed·ness, nounpre·dis·con·tent·ed, adjectiveself-dis·con·tent·ed, adjective


[ dis-kuhn-tent ]
/ ˌdɪs kənˈtɛnt /


not content; dissatisfied; discontented.


Also dis·con·tent·ment. lack of contentment; dissatisfaction.
a restless desire or craving for something one does not have.
a malcontent.

verb (used with object)

to make discontented; dissatisfy; displease.

Origin of discontent

First recorded in 1485–95; dis-1 + content2

Related formspre·dis·con·tent, nounpre·dis·con·tent·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for discontented


/ (ˌdɪskənˈtɛnt) /


Also called: discontentment lack of contentment, as with one's condition or lot in life
a discontented person




(tr) to make dissatisfied
Derived Formsdiscontented, adjectivediscontentedly, adverbdiscontentedness, noun

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