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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Such apparent contentment lingered for at least an hour. The Economist, "Tweets show how a stroll in the park can bring happiness," 27 Aug. 2019 As for the play itself, familiarity breeds contentment. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: ‘Harvey’ hardly looks his age in Laguna," 6 June 2019 Indeed, perhaps the biggest takeaway from Lover is that Swift has reached a point of contentment in artistic and personal self-perception — a confidence that comes with a steady near-decade-and-a-half ascension to the top of the pop pile. Larry Fitzmaurice,, "Lover is pure Taylor Swift, at her most content and confident," 23 Aug. 2019 All this makes Ella’s contentment—with her beauty and with her work—quite radical. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Lila Savage’s Say Say Say Is a Breakthrough in Women’s Fiction," 16 July 2019 But top-flight talent and success did not always guarantee contentment. Greg Luca,, "Daughter of UTSA basketball assistant coach an inspiration despite disability," 14 July 2019 The Bar Stage will feature Ira Norof and Wes Hagen (J. Wilkes Wines) talking wine, enlightenment and contentment. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles Times Announces Slate of Chefs, Bartenders and Restaurants Participating in The Taste," 18 July 2019 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

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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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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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