con·​tent·​ment | \ kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio) \

Definition of contentment

1 : the quality or state of being contented There was a look of contentment on her face.
2 : something that contents … states that allow their muscles to spoil them and their contentments to enfeeble them.The New Republic

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Examples of contentment in a Sentence

He believes that people can find peace and contentment in living simply. There was a look of perfect contentment on her face.
Recent Examples on the Web The cumulative effect of this process led to an overall sense of contentment, inner calm and happiness. Nathalie Olah,, "My Experience Of EMDR – The Cutting Edge Therapy Used To Treat Trauma," 12 July 2020 At first, the lockdown was a period of unusual contentment. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "The 17-member family that lived together, ate together and got coronavirus together," 5 July 2020 Late October can bring contentment and rewards for a job well done, but don't ignore a chance to try something new or to expand your holdings while your luck may be at a peak. oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 11, 2020: Happy birthday Adrienne Barbeau; Cancer, trust your intuition," 11 June 2020 One way of pursuing contentment now, suggested Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist who focuses on health and happiness, is to find ways to help other people. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "A Greatest-Hits of Graduation Advice From 19 Experts," 1 June 2020 What happens when the most outgoing and sociable members of society find contentment alone from time to time? Lily Jackson |, al, "How are extroverts finding purpose without people?," 8 May 2020 The premium multiple that Mister Market bestowed in mid-February shows serene contentment. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Stocks have gained 25% since their March lows—but the math doesn’t add up," 11 Apr. 2020 Finding contentment in solitude requires self-reliance. Sarah Fay, Longreads, "On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])," 17 Mar. 2020 To create the feeling of calm and contentment, concentrate on a creative idea, an engrossing craft or an entertaining pastime. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 8, 2020: Cancer, dare to use your imagination; Libra, focus on earning your keep," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of contentment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contentment

Middle English contentement "satisfaction of a claim or debt," borrowed from Anglo-French, from contenter "to satisfy, content entry 3" + -ment -ment

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“Contentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of contentment

: the state of being happy and satisfied : the state of being content


con·​tent·​ment | \ kən-ˈtent-mənt How to pronounce contentment (audio) \

Kids Definition of contentment

: freedom from worry or restlessness : peaceful satisfaction

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