dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio)
: the quality or state of being dissatisfied : discontent

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
Recent Examples on the Web Former President Donald Trump is leading President Joe Biden in six key swing states, a new Wall Street Journal poll found, as concerns about Biden’s job performance and his handling of the economy fuel voter dissatisfaction. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 In doing so, the West could exploit the fact that war fatigue is now a problem for Moscow itself and that popular dissatisfaction with continuing the offensive is real—even among Putin’s own supporters. Timothy Frye, Foreign Affairs, 25 Mar. 2024 Quite likely, the debt burden is contributing to dissatisfaction among voters, who give the Biden administration poor marks for the economy. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Deep dissatisfaction Among those dissatisfied by the authority is Ashraf, 45, who asked NPR to use his first name only for fear of retribution by authority officials. Hadeel Al-Shalchi, NPR, 28 Feb. 2024 Our cultural obsession with thinness, for example, has led to widespread disordered eating and body dissatisfaction—and a multibillion-dollar weight-loss industry. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 2 Apr. 2024 Rather than contributing to dissatisfaction, leaders can transform the workplace into a net positive by prioritizing employee well-being. Julian Hayes Ii, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 In layman's terms—ennui is a feeling of boredom, dissatisfaction, and a general lack of energy or interest in things. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 18 Mar. 2024 The dissatisfaction peaks around the 21st, but so, too, does your discernment. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissatisfaction was circa 1610

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“Dissatisfaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissatisfaction. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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dis·​sat·​is·​fac·​tion (ˌ)dis-ˌ(s)at-əs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce dissatisfaction (audio)
: the quality or state of being dissatisfied

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