• (RP) IPA: /ˈmal.kən.tɛnt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmæl.kənˌtɛnt/, /ˌmæl.kənˈtɛnt/


  1. dissatisfied with current conditions; disaffected, discontented, rebellious
    • 1999, Jodi J. Olshevski; Anne D. Katz; Bob G. Knight; T. J. McCallum, “Stress-Neutral Thoughts”, in Stress Reduction for Caregivers, Philadelphia, Pa.; London: Brunner/Mazel, ISBN 978-0-87630-940-7; republished New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 2012, page 94:
      The stress created by all of the changes seemed to be more than she could handle. Initially, she thought her husband was malcontent on purpose and felt he was aware of the arguments he seemed to be starting.

malcontent (plural malcontents)

  1. a person who is not satisfied with current conditions; a discontented person, a rebel
    • circa 1603 John Marston; John Webster, The Malcontent. Augmented by Marston. With the Additions Played by the Kings Maiesties Servants. Written by Ihon Webster, London, Printed by V[alentine] S[immes] for William Aspley, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, published 1604, OCLC 27892682 ↗; republished in [Isaac Reed, editor], A Select Collection of Old Plays. In Twelve Volumes. The Second Edition, Corrected and Collated with the Old Copies. With Notes Critical and Explanatory, volume IV, 2nd corr. edition, London: Printed by J[ohn] Nichols; for J[ames] Dodsley, Pall Mall, 1780, OCLC 645791152 ↗, page 17 ↗:
      The diſcord rather than the muſick is heard from the malcontent Malevole's chamber.
  2. (obsolete) a state of discontentment or dissatisfaction; something that cause#Verb|causes discontent

malcontent (malcontents, present participle malcontenting; past and past participle malcontented)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to cause discontent or dissatisfaction.

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