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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 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 Wuliao, on the other hand, breeds calmness, contentment, and creativity. Connie Wang,, "Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy," 8 Apr. 2020 In times of stress, pets aren't merely a good role model for contentment at home. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Cats, dogs and quarantines: How pets are helping us through coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Xinjiang enjoys political stability, economic development, national unity, social harmony, and … people there live and work in peace and contentment. Washington Post, "Arsenal star Mesut Özil draws China’s wrath after criticizing treatment of Muslim Uighurs," 16 Dec. 2019 Like Cather, Jiles skillfully animates landscapes — both internal and external — as well as those hard-to-portray moments when making music and performing for others leads to true self-contentment. New York Times, "Paulette Jiles’s New Novel Goes Deep in the Heart of Texas," 14 Apr. 2020 Coming from someone else, these kinds of images could easily be irritating or twee, but Garten has always managed to occupy a space between authenticity and contentment that inspires rather than irks. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Ina Garten’s Quarantine Playbook," 1 Apr. 2020 During the second half of February, opportunity may knock, and a seemingly unimportant offer could lead to long-term contentment. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 9, 2020: Libra, romantic expectations are dashed; Aquarius, rein in your enthusiasm," 9 Jan. 2020 Wuliao, on the other hand, breeds calmness, contentment, and creativity. Connie Wang,, "Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy," 8 Apr. 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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The first known use of contentment was in the 15th century

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14 May 2020

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“Contentment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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