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[dis-sat-is-fak-shuh n, dis-sat-] /ˌdɪs sæt ɪsˈfæk ʃən, dɪsˌsæt-/
the state or attitude of not being satisfied; discontent; displeasure.
a particular cause or feeling of displeasure or disappointment:
many dissatisfactions with the plan.
Origin of dissatisfaction
1630-40; dis-1 + satisfaction
Related forms
predissatisfaction, noun
self-dissatisfaction, noun
1. disappointment, disapproval, uneasiness. Dissatisfaction, discontent, displeasure imply a sense of dislike for, or unhappiness in, one's surroundings. Dissatisfaction results from contemplating what falls short of one's wishes or expectations: dissatisfaction with the results of an afternoon's work. Discontent is a sense of lack and a general feeling of uneasy dislike for the conditions of one's life: feeling a continual vague discontent. Displeasure suggests a certain amount of anger as well as dissatisfaction: displeasure at being kept waiting.
satisfaction. Unabridged
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  • "You might have told me of it," he continued, in a tone of dissatisfaction.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
  • A vague unrest and dissatisfaction with her Christian experience were growing on her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Phineas was himself surprised to find that his first feeling on reading this letter was one of dissatisfaction.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • And wherever there is a weak spot there is trouble and dissatisfaction.

  • His attention was drawn to Montreal as the center of the secret negotiations and dissatisfaction.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfaction


the state of being unsatisfied or disappointed
Derived Forms
dissatisfactory, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfaction

1630s; see dis- + satisfaction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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