Definition of contentment in English:



  • A state of happiness and satisfaction.

    ‘he found contentment in living a simple life in the country’
    • ‘And they increasingly look to their work as their main source of satisfaction and contentment.’
    • ‘Being in tune with nature is the easiest and only way of ensuring a life of contentment and happiness.’
    • ‘The core concern of liberalism is the happiness and contentment of individual human beings.’
    • ‘Once you reach that point in life, contentment and happiness can not be too far.’
    • ‘The newlyweds are wished every happiness and contentment in the years ahead.’
    • ‘Her faith was a central part of her long life and through it she found much peace, strength and contentment.’
    • ‘This entity enables everybody to enjoy a happy life of working and living in peace and contentment.’
    • ‘It was a source of peace and contentment to Paddy and was close to his heart.’
    • ‘Happiness comes form contentment within and not amount of money will change that.’
    • ‘The days and nights that followed were a blur of happiness, enjoyment and contentment.’
    • ‘He's too astute to give away his position, but he wears an air of contentment as comfortably as the leather sandals on his feet.’
    • ‘Is the quest for happiness and contentment more important than the acquisition of knowledge?’
    • ‘Reddy was an avid reader and got many hours of contentment and enjoyment from books and newspapers.’
    • ‘Life on the land involved much manual labour but it was a way of life that gave them contentment and peace of mind.’
    • ‘The contentment and happiness of love is always to be longed for or wistfully remembered.’
    • ‘It's a word he uses a lot in his almost childlike rediscovery of happiness and contentment.’
    • ‘Is it hard to find calm, satisfaction, contentment, happiness inside oneself?’
    • ‘Her home was her palace and it was there she found contentment and peace of mind.’
    • ‘All residents of the area join in wishing Aidan every happiness and contentment in his retirement.’
    • ‘Ravenous, we devoured our dishes, only pausing to share sighs of contentment as we worked our way around the plate.’
    contentedness, content, satisfaction, fulfilment
    happiness, pleasure, cheerfulness, gladness, gratification
    ease, comfort, restfulness, well-being, peace, equanimity, serenity, tranquillity, placidity, placidness, repletion, complacency
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Late Middle English (denoting the payment of a claim): from French contentement, from Latin contentus (see content).