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[kuh n-tent-muh nt] /kənˈtɛnt mənt/
the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.
Archaic. the act of making contentedly satisfied.
Origin of contentment
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English contentement < Middle French. See content2, -ment
Related forms
overcontentment, noun
precontentment, noun
1. See happiness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On his features played always a smile of contentment and innocence.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • When my uncle left me, it was in more than contentment with my lot.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Health is the greatest of gifts, contentment the best of riches.

  • His contentment, however, was by no means his whole atmosphere.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • 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

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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