discontentment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n discontentment a longing for something better than the present situation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Discontentment The state of being discontented; uneasiness; inquietude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discontentment The state of being uneasy in mind; dissatisfaction; inquietude; discontent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discontentment the opposite of contentment: ill-humour
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”

Usage

In literature:

The matter of seditions is of two kinds: much poverty, and much discontentment.
"Essays" by Francis Bacon
The sources of contentment and discontentment are discoverable, therefore, without going into a metaphysical examination of the subject.
"Friends and Neighbors" by Anonymous
There is no end to discontentment, and contentment is the highest happiness.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Orsino's face betrayed his discontentment.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Why are there so many anxious hearts, so much unrest, so many discontentments and fears?
"Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians" by Charles Ebert Orr
There is no end to discontentment, and contentment is the highest happiness.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In it occurred the expression: 'We did expect the general discontentment.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Poor Will, I never see him look grave now, nor heare him sighe, without thinking I know the cause of his secret discontentation.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Now in this discontentment you gave him the Book, and he gave it his brother.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
Now in this discontentment you gave him the book, and he gave it his brother.
"Great Ralegh" by Hugh De Selincourt
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In poetry:

Whoe hathe enougehe, yet thinkes he lives wthout,
Lackinge no love yet still he standes in doubte.
What discontente to live in suche desyre,
To have his will yet ever to requyre.
"Love-Contradictions" by Edward Dyer
Since the age of apes,
To this generation,
Mankind thus escapes
Absolute stagnation.
Here's the only consolation my philosophy is giving:
Discontentment with existence is your sole excuse for living.
"The Boon of Discontent" by C J Dennis