discontent


discontent
discontent
meaning ‘lack of contentment’, is pronounced with the stress on the last syllable. Shakespeare's famous opening lines from Richard III, Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, have provided one of the most prolific of modern political clichés, winter of discontent, first used with reference to industrial unrest in Britain in 1978–9.

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  • Discontent — Dis con*tent , n. 1. Want of content; uneasiness and inquietude of mind; dissatisfaction; disquiet. [1913 Webster] Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York. Shak. [1913 Webster] The rapacity of his father s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Discontent — Dis con*tent (d[i^]s k[o^]n*t[e^]nt ), a. Not content; discontented; dissatisfied. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Passion seemed to be much discontent, but Patience was very quiet. Bunyan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Discontent — Dis con*tent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discontented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discontenting}.] To deprive of content; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy. Suckling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discontent — index disapprobation, disparagement, dissatisfaction, dissent (nonconcurrence), exception (objection), grievance …   Law dictionary

  • discontent — [n] dissatisfaction depression, discontentment, displeasure, envy, fretfulness, regret, restlessness, uneasiness, unhappiness, vexation; concept 410 Ant. contentedness, easiness, happiness, patience, pleasure, satisfaction …   New thesaurus

  • discontent — ► NOUN ▪ lack of contentment or satisfaction. DERIVATIVES discontented adjective discontentment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • discontent — [dis΄kən tent′, dis′kən tent′] adj. [ME] DISCONTENTED n. lack of contentment; dissatisfaction; restless desire for something more or different: also discontentment vt. to make discontented …   English World dictionary

  • discontent — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ general, widespread ▪ growing, increasing ▪ simmering ▪ popular, public …   Collocations dictionary

  • Discontent — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Discontent >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 discontent discontent discontentment Sgm: N 1 dissatisfaction dissatisfaction Sgm: N 1 dissent dissent &c. 489 GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 disappointment disappointment mor …   English dictionary for students

  • discontent — n. 1) to cause, stir up discontent 2) outspoken; widespread discontent 3) discontent about, at, with * * * [ˌdɪskən tent] at stir up discontent widespread discontent with outspoken to cause discontent about …   Combinatory dictionary


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