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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj discontent showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing "saw many discontent faces in the room","was discontented with his position"
    • v discontent make dissatisfied
    • n discontent a longing for something better than the present situation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discontent A discontented person; a malcontent. "Thus was the Scotch nation full of discontents ."
    • a Discontent dĭs`kŏn*tĕnt" Not content; discontented; dissatisfied. "Passion seemed to be much discontent, but Patience was very quiet."
    • v. t Discontent To deprive of content; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.
    • Discontent Want of content; uneasiness and inquietude of mind; dissatisfaction; disquiet. "Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York.""The rapacity of his father's administration had excited such universal discontent ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discontent Uneasy; dissatisfied; discontented.
    • n discontent Want of content; uneasiness or inquietude of mind; dissatisfaction with some present state of things; displeasure.
    • n discontent One who is discontented; a malcontent.
    • discontent To make discontented; deprive of contentment; dissatisfy; displease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Discontent dis-kon-tent′ not content: dissatisfied: ill-humoured: peevish
    • n Discontent want of content: dissatisfaction: ill-humour
    • v.t Discontent to deprive of content: to stir up to ill-will
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  • Sir William Watson
    Sir William Watson
    “The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Let thy discontents be thy secrets.”
  • Henry H. Haskins
    Henry H. Haskins
    “Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.”
  • David Rockerfeller
    David Rockerfeller
    “If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.”


In literature:

May those who are discontented with their own country leave their country for their country's good.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The exuberant loyalty of 1509 had been turned into the wintry discontent of 1527.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
Captain Abrams had unintentionally contributed to Alfred's discontent.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The seeds of political discontent, sown at Pittsburgh in 1792, had ripened to an abundant harvest.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Despair has seized every mind, and they have passed from an extreme of joy to one of discontent.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But, Christie, you must not fret and be discontented, and think what you do is not worth while.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
He had been touched with discontent, and with that all wealth vanishes.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Yet Jamaica is poor and discontented, and from year to year is growing more miserable and more full of complaints.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
No person can maintain a quiet and cheerful frame of mind, while tones of discontent and displeasure are sounding on the ear.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
People who had long smarted silently under injustice did not hesitate to make known their discontent.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
But every one knew something of the discontent.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
If she is so discontented before marriage, what will she be afterwards?
"The Carved Cupboard" by Amy Le Feuvre
Causes of discontent were rife among them, which, at first obscure, became subsequently clear.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
He may get started in the wrong line and this will make him discontented.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Men are suspicious, prone to discontent, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Though why Charlie should look discontented about it, Harry could not well see.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Nor was there much sign of active discontent.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
I feared, my dear, to make you discontented.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
From month to month of his junior year in high school Carl grew more discontented.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
As financial distress became more widespread, the spirit of discontent rose.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

'Tis Discontent that gains the prize
In every useful art;
Although it brings us tearful eyes
And restlessness of heart;
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
Ambition's meed, dark discontent,
And Fame's worthless emolument,
So often pledged, but seldom sent,
Till this good day.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
God gives His angels. But she went
Uncomforted and discontent.
Because no angel ever knew
The way to love that mothers do.
"The Only Son" by Katharine Tynan
But we sooin grow discontented,
An for solid worth we sigh,
An we leearn to prize the jewel,
Tho' it's hidden from the eye.
"Take Heart!" by John Hartley
Yet, let our banner ne'er be furled,
Our lives in quiet spent;
For 'tis a truth that all the world
Still thrives on Discontent.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
So that a stranger in the land
Wherein I moved, where'er I went,
I dwelt, whom none could understand,
Or exorcise my discontent.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Near-100 temperatures today add to summer of discontent .
As the Sept 27 national election approaches, GlobalPost's Cameron Abadi explains Germany's festering discontent.
Discontent with our federal government's inability to deal with our nation's financial woes is prompting extraordinary reactions from the states.
Christopher Beha, On Faith And Its Discontents.
If you're a baseball fan in New York or Detroit, this has been an autumn of discontent.
Mexican rodeos' draw crowds, some community discontent.
A snaky, hunchbacked Richard opens Shakespeare's "Richard III" every time with the intonation "Now is the winter of our discontent.".
Now is the summer of our discontent, and disconnect.
This literally has become the winter of our discontent.
In this cinematic love letter to Paris, Allen also pays tribute to literary artists and painters of 1920s Parisian life through Gil, a contemporary, discontented Hollywood scriptwriter.
Content, but somehow, at the same time, discontented.
Voter discontent, built on a foundation much larger than the Obama Health Care Debacle, has been unleashed with the debate over socialized medicine.
There's still a lot of discontent in the nation and in the post-election days, the ill will is materializing as requests to secede from the union.
Last year, readers were discontented, and there was no Best local politician .
Obama, the post-partisan candidate of hope who became the first black US president, won re-election today by overcoming four years of economic discontent with a mix of political populism and electoral math.

In science:

Linder and Miquel also voice their discontent about the BIC condition being stronger, i.e. making it harder to rule out ΛCDM.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
However, the main discontent with generally accepted Minkowski geometry is related to the fact that this geometry does not follow from some deep logical premises or exceptional numerical structures.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide Discont inuous Gel-Electrophoresis - Mr-Based Separation of Proteins with Retention of EnzymaticActivity.
Variations on a theme: Changes to electrophoretic separations that can make a difference
Converse, Philip E. 1964. “The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics.” In David Apter, Ed Ideology and Discontent.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Converse, Philip E. (1964). “The nature of belief systems in mass publics,” In Ideology and Discontent, edited by David E.
Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data
LTE coverage holes potentially leading to LTE service discont inuity in a co-deployed carrier.
Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination for Heterogeneous Networks in LTE-Advanced: A Survey
There is a growing discontent, internationally and in various subfields of computer science, with this tradition.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
The Thorne–Roberts (TR) prescription handles this discont inuity by freezing higherorder terms when crossing the value Q2 = m2 H .
Heavy flavours: theory summary
Civilization and its discontents: Simulation, subjectivity, and space.
Introducing Automated Regression Testing in Open Source Projects
I share the discontent expressed by Strauss (tv) and others from the fact that the results from cosmic flows have been unjustifiably underrated by many in the community.
Cosmic Flows 99: Conference Summary