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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contention the act of competing as for profit or a prize "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"
    • n contention a point asserted as part of an argument
    • n contention a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement "they were involved in a violent argument"
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A contented lion A contented lion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Carrots have zero fat content.
    • Contention A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for. "All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined.""This was my original contention , and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision."
    • Contention A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife. "I would my arms could match thee in contention ."
    • Contention Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention . "Contentions and strivings about the law."
    • Contention Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal. "An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
    • n contention A violent effort to obtain something, or to resist physical force, whether an assault or bodily opposition; physical contest; struggle; strife.
    • n contention Strife in words or debate; wrangling; angry contest; quarrel; controversy; litigation.
    • n contention Strife or endeavor to excel; competition; emulation.
    • n contention Effort; struggle; vehement endeavor.
    • n contention That which is affirmed or contended for; an argument or a statement in support of a point or proposition; a main point in controversy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so that the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its' forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
    • n Contention a violent straining after any object: strife: debate
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is better for the development of character and contentment to do certain things badly for yourself than to have them done better for you by someone else.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”
  • John Balguy
    John Balguy
    “Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.”
  • Bible
    “For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [St. Paul In Philippians 4:11]”
  • Bible
    “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [Philippians 4:11]”
  • Murray Bookchin
    Murray Bookchin
    “People are never free of trying to be content.”


Bone of contention - If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contention, L. contentio,. See Contend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contendĕre, -tentumcon, with, tendĕre, to stretch.


In literature:

It had thus jeopardised the whole content of faith, should these supposed facts of nature or events in history be at any time disproved.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
We were both content, and more than content.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
Discharge its contents into my body, and then go and obtain a full pardon from government for the murder of Black Darnley.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
The baby was sucking her thumb contentedly on her lap.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I am content and have ever been content to sustain it.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
I have thought on its contents, and weighed them in the balance of reason.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Hannibal expected to be joined by a parcel of the contented barbarian Gauls in the north of Italy.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Contented with their position as arbiters of the national destinies, they made little effort to carry out the reforms contemplated at Oxford.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
It becomes evident that such contents of the new spiritual world cannot be utilised by man without effort.
"An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy" by W. Tudor Jones
How can he be content?
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

"That so thy children may begin
In lieu of bliss, to earn content,
And find that sinful Eve was meant
Not only for a sin."
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
No motion in the deeps of air!
No trembling in the leaves!
A still contentment everywhere,
That neither laughs nor grieves!
"Songs of the Summer Days" by George MacDonald
And not content to dedicate,
With much protesting shiver,
The sapless leaves to winter's mate,
Hebrus, the cold dark river.
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
I should be happy with my lot:
A wife and mother—is it not
Enough for me to be content?
What other blessing could be sent?
"Nameless Pain" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Content I shar'd an humble fate,
Nor wish'd in courts to shine;
The airy dream which pleas'd of late,
With joy I now resign.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Painless, trustful, sorrow-free,
Old lost faces welcomed me,
With whose sweetness of content
Still expectant hope was blent.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier

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