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mal·​con·​tent ˌmal-kən-ˈtent How to pronounce malcontent (audio)
: a discontented person:
: one who bears a grudge from a sense of grievance or thwarted ambition
malcontents … bitter and almost choking with self-pity E. W. Griffiths
: one who is in active opposition to an established order or government : rebel
a country infested with political malcontents


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: dissatisfied with the existing state of affairs : discontented

Example Sentences

Noun He complained so much that he got a reputation for being a malcontent. Adjective she seems like a very malcontent person, always acting as if the entire world were out to get her
Recent Examples on the Web
Warren Hinkle, a San Francisco journalist, was one of the few writers with the clarity of vision to understand that White wasn’t merely a disturbed malcontent with an addiction to sugary snacks. David Masciotra, The New Republic, 30 Sep. 2022 As usual, Koepka, golf’s all-world malcontent, used the right words to take aim at the wrong target, blaming the media rather than the storm itself. Globe Staff,, 15 June 2022 But the more uncomfortable insider threat comes from the criminal or malicious insider – a malcontent within the business who wilfully exploits their system access to catalyse a data breach. Chuck Everette, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Two comedy writers on the brink of losing everything — Las Vegas legend Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and millennial malcontent Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder) —reluctantly team up to save themselves. Kristen Baldwin,, 6 Dec. 2021 RB Corey Dillon – he was acquired before the draft in a move Belichick would use to great effect, bringing in an apparent malcontent below market value – rushed for a franchise-record 1,635 yards. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2021 Several players, including Greg Newsome II and Schwartz dismissed the anonymous malcontent quote. cleveland, 6 Nov. 2021 Beckham apparently asked to be traded multiple times before this week’s divorce, and has a history of being a malcontent with two franchises now. Omar Kelly,, 5 Nov. 2021 Thus, a malcontent might in their noggin believe that using their car horn was reasonably necessary, even though to any independent third party the usage was egregious and utterly unnecessary in the circumstances. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021
The South West is a healing mecca for artists and malcontent media sorts, new age travelers, purveyors of crystals and surfers seeking budget California on the beaches of the Cornish Atlantic. Crispin Hunt, Billboard, 22 May 2019 But prominent leaders — not least, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany — warned that a jilted European Union would be in no mood to extend Britain a rewarding deal, lest other malcontent members take encouragement to go for the exits. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 23 June 2016 See More

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

Middle French, from mal- + content content

First Known Use


1581, in the meaning defined above


circa 1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malcontent was in 1581

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Cite this Entry

“Malcontent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: not satisfied with the existing state of affairs : discontented
malcontent noun
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