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contentment

[kuh n-tent-muh nt] /kənˈtɛnt mənt/
noun
1.
the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.
2.
Archaic. the act of making contentedly satisfied.
Origin of contentment
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English contentement < Middle French. See content2, -ment
Related forms
overcontentment, noun
precontentment, noun
Synonyms
1. See happiness.
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  • On his features played always a smile of contentment and innocence.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • contentment came into the minds of all in Asgard when they thought upon this place.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Health is the greatest of gifts, contentment the best of riches.

  • Vulgarity is contentment with what is common, and to be had on easy terms.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • They have no end to serve, except the improvement of the country and the contentment of its people.

    My African Journey Winston Churchill
Word Origin and History for contentment
n.

mid-15c., from Old French contentment, from contenter (see content (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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contentment in the Bible

a state of mind in which one's desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be (1 Tim. 6:6; 2 Cor. 9:8). It is opposed to envy (James 3:16), avarice (Heb. 13:5), ambition (Prov. 13:10), anxiety (Matt. 6:25, 34), and repining (1 Cor. 10:10). It arises from the inward disposition, and is the offspring of humility, and of an intelligent consideration of the rectitude and benignity of divine providence (Ps. 96:1, 2; 145), the greatness of the divine promises (2 Pet. 1:4), and our own unworthiness (Gen. 32:10); as well as from the view the gospel opens up to us of rest and peace hereafter (Rom. 5:2).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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