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 Enjoy contentment and serenity during the upcoming three to four weeks, when good health and high spirits can make your life more rewarding. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 July 2021 Happier isn’t quite the right word for how the Finns compare with the rest of the world—the World Happiness Report is more about contentment than exuberant, smiley happiness. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 27 June 2021 During a stopover on the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, Michaux glimpsed contentment, Deleuze wrote. Shaun Assael, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2021 But a skincare regimen can also be a soothing way to relax after a difficult experience and foster a greater sense of pride and contentment in one’s own skin. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Bell happens to be a big fan of gratitude and finding contentment in quiet moments. SELF, 3 May 2021 My life of long contentment with the soldier’s hallowed call to warrant with his dying breath a better world for all. William H. Mcraven, The Atlantic, 31 May 2021 Focusing on common cultural experiences can lead to greater understanding and improve your ability to attain financial contentment. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 14 May 2021 Since his return to the franchise that drafted him in 1994 and traded him three years later, there has been an air of contentment about him. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 25 June 2021

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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