dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio) \

Definition of dissatisfaction

: the quality or state of being dissatisfied : discontent

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Examples of dissatisfaction in a Sentence

There was widespread dissatisfaction with the President and his administration. a vague dissatisfaction with the state of their marriage, which seemed a little stale

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But another posting, again for Russell’s communications class, hinted at a dissatisfaction with his job, albeit one that’s common in many workplaces. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Richard Russell was a jokester who complained about work, but Sea-Tac plane heist still baffles friends," 20 Aug. 2018 President Xi Jinping has pressed a wide-ranging crackdown on corruption since taking office six years ago, trying to root out a source of public dissatisfaction with party rule and eliminate opposition to his authority. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Interpol’s Chinese Ex-President Is in Hands of Beijing’s Powerful Antigraft Agency," 8 Oct. 2018 Previously, the level of dissatisfaction among Democrats had ranged from 9% to 16% since the president was inaugurated nearly a year ago. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Gallup: Nearly two-thirds of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of the country," 15 Jan. 2018 Subjects reported feelings of body dissatisfaction and anxiety. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "Scale and the City," 24 Sep. 2013 Members and fans of the beauty community, including Jackie Aina, have continued to share their dissatisfaction with the lack of available nude lipstick shades for people of color. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "M.A.C. Cosmetics Expanded Its Nude Lip Product Offerings," 5 Apr. 2019 The dissatisfaction stems in part from economic pain that this funding can’t soothe, given that the money is spread across the EU’s 28 members. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working.," 8 Aug. 2018 This year was no different, though the dissatisfaction is worsening. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Everyone Hates Their Cable Company Even More This Year," 23 May 2018 Republicans will need the money to try and counter Democrats who are capitalizing on dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump in a bid to take back the House majority. Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg.com, "Fundraising Haul, Not Legislation, Is Ryan's Parting Gift to GOP," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of dissatisfaction

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval


dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion | \ di-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissatisfaction

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval

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