Definition of discontent in US English:



  • 1Lack of contentment; dissatisfaction with one's circumstances.

    ‘the discontents and anxieties of the working class’
    ‘popular discontent with the system had been general for several years’
    • ‘Both figures were substantially down from highs last July after 500,000 people took to the streets to voice discontent with the government.’
    • ‘But certainly, there's some level of discontent with the soldiers and all who are serving there today.’
    • ‘It follows widespread discontent with the tax this year, particularly among pensioners, which led to hundreds withholding payments.’
    • ‘In an editorial in the paper, he condemned the student association and urged students to express discontent with college officials.’
    • ‘Not dissatisfaction with the present, but discontent with what would be the case if one did not act, is necessary for action.’
    • ‘So he has no need to worry about domestic discontent with his regime, and the external pressure from the crisis has faded considerably.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The meeting highlighted discontent with the level of information parents are receiving about their medical and legal rights.’
    • ‘He finally decided to express his extreme discontent with her via MSN this evening in a random miniature conversation.’
    • ‘It just shows the ferocious discontent with what's going on now.’
    • ‘Recently, a few rumblings of discontent with the institutional status quo have been felt from various parts of Canada.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it also stemmed from the group's discontent with the way of discussion over amending Article 76.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have an odd emotional reaction to tax season, which has nothing to do with resentment over paying or discontent with the federal government.’
    • ‘He expressed at the beginning of last month his discontent with the way the previous Cabinet dealt with the flood crisis.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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 woman in London asked me what I thought about it all, and I said it was a sign of discontent with the regime.’
    • ‘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.’
    dissatisfaction, disaffection, discontentment, discontentedness, disgruntlement, grievances, unhappiness, displeasure, bad feelings, resentment, envy
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    1. 1.1 A person who is dissatisfied, typically with the prevailing social or political situation.
      ‘the cause attracted a motley crew of discontents and zealots’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To add that this biumverate will lead the charge against the country will make the discontents all that stronger.’
      • ‘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.’