dis·​con·​tent·​ed ˌdis-kən-ˈten-təd How to pronounce discontented (audio)
discontentedly adverb
discontentedness noun

Examples of discontented in a Sentence

he was becoming increasingly discontented with his dead-end job and his dead-end life
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Word History

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of discontented was in 1525

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“Discontented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontented. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not satisfied or pleased
discontentedly adverb
discontentedness noun

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