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Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Definitions for malcontent

  1. One who is discontented or dissatisfied.
  2. A discontented subject of a government; one who opposes an established order.
  3. Discontented; uneasy; dissatisfied.

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Citations for malcontent
Her antagonism inspired him, pushed him into ever more extreme positions, and by the time he was ready to leave the house, and go off to college, he had indelibly cast himself in his chosen role: as malcontent, as rebel, as outlaw poet prowling the gutters of a ruined world. Paul Auster, Timbuktu
Willy, who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of Holocaust survivors, was a malcontent in college, a rebel with "a noisy, fractious disdain for Everything-That-Was." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
Origin of malcontent
Malcontent is from the Old French term combining mal, "bad, ill" (from Latin malus) and content, "contained," from Latin contentus, past participle of continere, "to hold together, to contain," from con-, "with, together" + tenere, "to hold."