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discontent

[dis-kuhn-tent]
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adjective
  1. not content; dissatisfied; discontented.
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noun
  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make discontented; dissatisfy; displease.
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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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Related Words for discontentment

discontent, disgruntlement, letdown, disappointment, displeasure, unhappiness

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British Dictionary definitions for discontentment

discontent

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

discontent

v.

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

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discontent

adj.

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

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discontent

n.

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

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