[dis-kuh n-ten-tid]
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  1. not content or satisfied; dissatisfied; restlessly unhappy: For all their wealth, or perhaps because of it, they were discontented.

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


  1. not content; dissatisfied; discontented.
  1. Also dis·con·tent·ment. lack of contentment; dissatisfaction.
  2. a restless desire or craving for something one does not have.
  3. a malcontent.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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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Historical Examples of discontented

  • It was this refusal which made Halbert discontented and unhappy.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • When they had gone Eileen turned to Linda with a discontented and aggrieved face.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • You are proud, fiery, discontented, and unhappy;—all that I see in your face.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Her eyes clouded, her face settled into its discontented lines.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Yes; but if he had not been discontented, he would have been a serf still!

British Dictionary definitions for discontented


  1. Also called: discontentment lack of contentment, as with one's condition or lot in life
  2. a discontented person
  1. dissatisfied
  1. (tr) to make dissatisfied
Derived Formsdiscontented, adjectivediscontentedly, adverbdiscontentedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for discontented



late 15c., from dis- "not" + content (v.). Related: Discontented; discontentedly; discontentment; discontentedness.



mid-15c., from dis- + content (adj.).



"state or condition of discontent," 1580s, from dis- + content (n.). Winter of our discontent is from "Richard III."

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