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- (uncountable) Dissatisfaction.
- 1961 February, “Talking of Trains: Phase II units in service”, in Trains Illustrated, page 69:
- Another source of discontent with the Phase I stock has been obviated by relocation of the interior heating elements and the introduction of thermostatic control; this has eradicated the searing blasts of hot air passengers used to feel about their calves [...].
- (uncountable) A longing for better times or circumstances.
- c. 1593, [William Shakespeare], The Tragedy of King Richard the Third. […] (First Quarto), London: […] Valentine Sims [and Peter Short] for Andrew Wise, […], published 1597, OCLC 55191490, [Act I, scene i]:
- Now is the winter of our diſcontent, / Made glorious ſummer by this ſonne of Yorke: / And all the cloudes that lowrd vpon our houſe, / In the deepe boſome of the Ocean buried.
- (countable) A discontented person; a malcontent.
dissatisfaction — see dissatisfaction
a discontented person
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- To deprive of contentment; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.
- Not content; discontented; dissatisfied.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: […] Nath[aniel] Ponder […], OCLC 228725984; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, OCLC 5190338, page 22:
- [...] Paſſion seemed to be much diſcontent, but Patience was very quiet. Then Chriſtian aſked, What is the reaſon of the diſcontent of Paſſion.