Definition of discontent in English:



mass noun
  • 1Dissatisfaction with one's circumstances; lack of contentment.

    ‘voters voiced discontent with both parties’
    count noun ‘the discontents of the working class’
    • ‘Not dissatisfaction with the present, but discontent with what would be the case if one did not act, is necessary for action.’
    • ‘Both figures were substantially down from highs last July after 500,000 people took to the streets to voice discontent with the government.’
    • ‘So he has no need to worry about domestic discontent with his regime, and the external pressure from the crisis has faded considerably.’
    • ‘The other explanation is that the constitution became merely the vehicle for the people to register a wider and deeper discontent with the state of affairs in Europe.’
    • ‘The internet may well be the only way we can communicate our frustration and discontent with the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in.’
    • ‘It just shows the ferocious discontent with what's going on now.’
    • ‘It follows widespread discontent with the tax this year, particularly among pensioners, which led to hundreds withholding payments.’
    • ‘Recently, a few rumblings of discontent with the institutional status quo have been felt from various parts of Canada.’
    • ‘But certainly, there's some level of discontent with the soldiers and all who are serving there today.’
    • ‘The woman in London asked me what I thought about it all, and I said it was a sign of discontent with the regime.’
    • ‘He expressed at the beginning of last month his discontent with the way the previous Cabinet dealt with the flood crisis.’
    • ‘He finally decided to express his extreme discontent with her via MSN this evening in a random miniature conversation.’
    • ‘And as I grow older and such messages are needed more and more frequently, my discontent with the words I find grows more and more acute.’
    • ‘In an editorial in the paper, he condemned the student association and urged students to express discontent with college officials.’
    • ‘The economy is still on a knife-edge and there is growing popular discontent with falling living standards and the lack of basic democratic rights.’
    • ‘The meeting highlighted discontent with the level of information parents are receiving about their medical and legal rights.’
    • ‘By-elections are traditionally the time when the electorate gives the government in power a slap in the face, expressing discontent with the way things are going.’
    • ‘But it also stemmed from the group's discontent with the way of discussion over amending Article 76.’
    • ‘I have an odd emotional reaction to tax season, which has nothing to do with resentment over paying or discontent with the federal government.’
    • ‘‘I think they are saying it to cause discontent with pensioners because they feel they don't get a fair crack of the whip,’ she said.’
    dissatisfaction, disaffection, discontentment, discontentedness, disgruntlement, grievances, unhappiness, displeasure, bad feelings, resentment, envy
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    1. 1.1count noun A person who is dissatisfied, typically with the prevailing social or political situation.
      ‘the cause attracted a motley crew of discontents and zealots’
      • ‘To add that this biumverate will lead the charge against the country will make the discontents all that stronger.’
      • ‘But until then, lower class revolt could merge with the discontents of political and social elites, as in the great revolts of the middle decades of the century, to threaten the political stability of the governments of the day.’
      • ‘The interval had rumbled to the sound of the crowd hailing their habitual invective down on him, but the players soon gave the discontents something more positive to shout about.’


  • Dissatisfied.

    ‘he was discontent with his wages’
    • ‘Another smile played at her lips, and though she'd been discontent the day before, she couldn't recall a single complaint in that moment.’
    • ‘Another thing that factored into the decision was that I'm discontent with my websites.’
    • ‘The State controlled the newspapers and the television and you never got to see the riots or the people who were discontent with their surroundings.’
    • ‘Seeing her placed into yet another situation where she would be even more discontent than she was now - it was almost more than he could bear.’
    • ‘All around us there are other women, seemingly not hurt, making small talk, acting normal, which means happy, not discontent, certainly not devastated.’
    • ‘The human captives in the encampment just outside of the city were becoming more discontent by the day.’
    • ‘But if right now you're whining and discontent with singleness, you'll likely be discontent when married.’
    • ‘First of all, citizens do not need the approval of lawmakers to show that they are discontent with the behaviour of lawmakers and their laws.’
    • ‘She sighed a little discontent sigh and looked at him in distaste.’
    • ‘That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy and he was discontent.’
    • ‘Romantically discontent women and men preferred love-lamenting music presented by performers of their own sex.’
    • ‘When I look at my brother he still seems discontent and angry.’
    • ‘I was discontent with my job so I worked hard and did much more than the job required. It paid off quickly with me getting big raises and promotions every year.’
    • ‘A case has been made for why accountants might not have had reason to be discontent with their conventional image.’
    • ‘He was discontent with his life in Amsterdam, yet refused to venture abroad.’
    • ‘The discontent voices really didn't seem that incensed, and the energy of the crowd as if it was felt wanting in resolve and determination.’
    dissatisfied, disgruntled, fed up, disaffected, discontent, malcontent, unhappy, aggrieved, displeased, resentful, envious
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