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  1. not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances.
  2. dissatisfied with the existing government, administration, system, etc.
  1. a malcontent person, especially one who is chronically discontented or dissatisfied.

Origin of malcontent

1575–85; < Middle French, Old French; see mal-, content2
Related formsmal·con·tent·ed·ly, adverbmal·con·tent·ed·ness, noun

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  1. disgusted or discontented
  1. a person who is malcontent

Word Origin for malcontent

C16: from Old French
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Word Origin and History for malcontent

1580s, noun and adjective, from French malcontent; see mal- + content (adj.). Related: Malcontented; malcontentedly; malcontentedness.

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