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discontent

[dis-kuh n-tent] /ˌdɪs kənˈtɛnt/
adjective
1.
not content; dissatisfied; discontented.
noun
2.
Also, discontentment. lack of content; dissatisfaction.
3.
a restless desire or craving for something one does not have.
4.
a malcontent.
verb (used with object)
5.
to make discontented; dissatisfy; displease.
Origin of discontent
1485-1495
1485-95; dis-1 + content2
Related forms
prediscontent, noun
prediscontentment, noun
Synonyms
2. uneasiness, inquietude, restlessness, displeasure. See dissatisfaction.
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  • His face showed signs of pain and discontent and restlessness.

    The New Warden Mrs. David G. Ritchie
  • There was discontent in her eyes, which were her most convincing attraction.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The discontent was really social, the result of unwise laws, and wrong conceptions of political economy.

    A History of England Charles Oman
  • She filled the house with company and noise; but this only increased my discontent.

  • "I don't blame no one fur wantin' to live in a city," she said, with a kind of discontent.

    Lodusky Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for discontent

discontent

/ˌdɪskənˈtɛnt/
noun
1.
Also called discontentment. lack of contentment, as with one's condition or lot in life
2.
a discontented person
adjective
3.
dissatisfied
verb
4.
(transitive) to make dissatisfied
Derived Forms
discontented, adjective
discontentedly, adverb
discontentedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for discontent
v.

late 15c., from dis- "not" + content (v.). Related: Discontented; discontentedly; discontentment; discontentedness.

adj.

mid-15c., from dis- + content (adj.).

n.

"state or condition of discontent," 1580s, from dis- + content (n.). Winter of our discontent is from "Richard III."

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