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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
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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Examples from the web for contentment
  • 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.
  • But in fact it is a distinctive type of gorilla communication, exchanged in situations of maximum contentment.
  • Ford's philosophy for contentment has given me a means to adjust to the forced anonymity.
  • LA's contentment glut had come as close as anything ever does in this town to reaching crisis proportions.
  • There's a lower limit to how far down you can push your expectations and still find contentment.
  • Economics would be more rational if it measured contentment as well as dollars.
  • These zones have been created to protect the safety, peace, contentment and values of residential homeowners.
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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