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[mal-kuh n-tent]
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  1. not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances.
  2. dissatisfied with the existing government, administration, system, etc.
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  1. a malcontent person, especially one who is chronically discontented or dissatisfied.
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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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3. grumbler, complainer, faultfinder.
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Historical Examples

  • In politics, for example, he may be a malcontent; in religion an heretic.

    The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850

    Albert Smyth

  • Where could be a better man for the purposes of a malcontent prince?

  • Every malcontent in Paris knew that Napoleon held the key of the situation.


    Joseph McCabe

  • The count was betrayed into the hands of his rival by some malcontent nobles.

  • The description that the malcontent gives of himself in iii.

British Dictionary definitions for malcontent


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

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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