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.

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The entire day felt like that otter who got airtime on the Fox broadcast, rolling and lolling in the water in rarefied contentment. Chuck Culpepper,, "All these low scores a far cry from the norm at a Pebble Beach US Open," 14 June 2019 To look from face to face was to regard a study in contentment, or even, thanks to the pervasive cigar smoke, self-satisfaction. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 Their contentment carried on until the fall of 2002, when Becky was diagnosed with cancer of the supraglottis, the upper part of the larynx just above the vocal cords. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Marina Is Back and Better Than Ever, Even Without The Diamonds," 5 Apr. 2019 In a nation beset by income inequality and riven by social and cultural conflict, the traditional conception of the quiet contentment of middle-class American life appears to be on the wane. Eric Liebetrau,, "The painfully shrinking middle class," 6 July 2018 That means travelers in San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. can experience hygge—the Danish tradition of coziness and contentment—for as low as $325 round-trip. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Copenhagen from $330 Round-Trip," 22 June 2018 Fashion has changed over the decades, to be sure, but some things remain constant in each scene: the blissful smiles, the stares of contentment. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "My happiest memories are one with the sea," 28 June 2018 Maya likes to have her beautiful dense coat brushed and will offer up a soft purr of contentment. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of contentment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contentment

see content entry 2

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The first known use of contentment was in the 15th century

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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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