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.


  1. discontent

    Discontent is a feeling of dissatisfaction or unhappiness with a current situation or condition, often leading to a desire for change or improvement. It refers to a sense of restlessness or discontentment about one's circumstances.

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. Henry Louis Mencken:

    The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.

  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. Sergio Guzman:

    The reasons driving discontent are still there, I don't think they will disappear on their own, president Duque will face greater difficulties in his last two years due to the deep divisions the country still has, its precarious economic outlook and its complicated security situation.

  4. Ha Boo-young:

    Discontent and distrust of Lee are running high among union members, the incumbent union leadership has cozy relations with the company.

  5. Noam Chomsky:

    Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.

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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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