contentment

[kuhn-tent-muhnt]
noun
1.
the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.
2.
Archaic. the act of making contentedly satisfied.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English contentement < Middle French. See content2, -ment

overcontentment, noun
precontentment, noun


1. See happiness.
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content2 (kənˈtɛnt)
 
adj
1.  mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
2.  assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfied: to content oneself with property
 
n
4.  peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
 
interj
5.  (Brit) (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin contentus contented, that is, having restrained desires, from continēre to restrain]
 
con'tently2
 
adv
 
con'tentment2
 
n

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contentment
mid-15c., from Fr. contentment, from contenter (see content).
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Contentment definition


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).

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Example sentences
For some, happiness and contentment is a definition.
We may not regard the world solely from the standpoint of our own prosperity,
  our own safety, our own contentment.
Marriage, he finds, has almost no effect on adult contentment once other
  factors have been accounted for.
But it can buy a strong correlation with a fancy new index that aims to put a
  number on contentment.
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