[dis-sat-is-fak-shuhn, dis-sat-]


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 formspre·dis·sat·is·fac·tion, nounself-dis·sat·is·fac·tion, noun

Synonyms for dissatisfaction

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.

Antonyms for dissatisfaction

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Examples from the Web for dissatisfaction

Contemporary Examples of dissatisfaction

Historical Examples of dissatisfaction

  • 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.

  • 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 Formsdissatisfactory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfaction

1630s; see dis- + satisfaction.

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