What does discontent mean?

Definitions for discontent
ˌdɪs kənˈtɛntdis·con·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discontentment, discontent, discontentednessadjective

    a longing for something better than the present situation

  2. discontented, discontentverb

    showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing

    "saw many discontent faces in the room"; "was discontented with his position"

  3. discontentverb

    make dissatisfied


  1. discontentnoun


  2. discontentnoun

    A longing for better times or circumstances.

  3. discontentnoun

    A discontented person. (see also malcontent).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Discontentadjective

    Uneasy at the present state; dissatisfied.

    Etymology: dis and content.

    They were of their own nature circumspect and slow, discountenanced and discontent, and those the earl singled as fittest for his purpose. John Hayward.

  2. Discontentnoun

    Want of content; uneasiness at the present state.

    Etymology: dis and content.

    I see your brows full of discontent,
    Your hearts of sorrows, and your eyes of tears. William Shakespeare.

    Not that their pleasures caus’d her discontent
    She sigh’d, not that they stay’d, but that she went. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Discontentverb

    To dissatisfy; to make uneasy at the present state.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I know a discontented gentleman,
    Whose humble means match not his haughty spirit. William Shakespeare.

    The discontented now are only they
    Whose crimes before did your just cause betray. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discontentadjective

    not content; discontented; dissatisfied

  2. Discontentverb

    to deprive of content; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy

  3. Discontentnoun

    want of content; uneasiness and inquietude of mind; dissatisfaction; disquiet

  4. Discontentnoun

    a discontented person; a malcontent

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discontent

    dis-kon-tent′, adj. not content: dissatisfied: ill-humoured: peevish.—n. want of content: dissatisfaction: ill-humour.—v.t. to deprive of content: to stir up to ill-will.—adj. Discontent′ed, dissatisfied.—adv. Discontent′edly.—n. Discontent′edness.—adj. Discontent′ful.—p.adj. Discontent′ing, not contenting or satisfying: (Shak.) discontented.—n. Discontent′ment, the opposite of contentment: ill-humour.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. discontent

    1. Inertia on a strike. 2. The mainspring of progress. 3. The starting-point in every man's career.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discontent in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discontent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of discontent in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Weiss:

    It's in Russia's interest ... to portray the United States as riven with popular discontent, xenophobia and high-level political corruption, it fits nicely with the Kremlin's standard narrative ... that the White House rushes to criticize others without getting its own house in order.

  2. Anthon St Maarten:

    We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation.

  3. Yukio Ishizuki:

    The instability of the British government is the main reason for the pound's weakness. Two ministers stepped down, raising the prospect of a 'hard Brexit' and putting pressure on the pound, given the discontent and grumbling within the conservative party, the position of (Prime Minister Theresa) May is becoming precarious.

  4. Ella Wheeler Wilcox:

    And from the discontent of one man The world's best progress springs.

  5. Ahn Chan-il:

    It's to give the message that 'We could be as rich if we develop the market economy', ordinary North Koreans might feel some discontent for now, seeing Kim and his aides enjoying overseas travel when they're struggling to feed themselves, but this film could give them hope at the same time.

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  • استياءArabic
  • недоволникBulgarian
  • δυσαρέσκειαGreek
  • descontentoSpanish
  • tyytymättömyys, tyytymätönFinnish
  • ketidakpuasanIndonesian
  • eitthvert sem er óánægt, uppreisnarseggur, einhver sem er óánægð, eitthvað sem er óánægt, einhver sem er óánægðurIcelandic
  • חוסר שביעות רצוןHebrew
  • ناپسندیUrdu
  • 牢騷Chinese

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. fluster
    • B. huff
    • C. lucubrate
    • D. exacerbate

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