Definition of malcontent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalkəntɛnt/


A person who is dissatisfied and rebellious: it was too late to stop the malcontents with a show of force
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  • It is time to get serious, he tells the malcontents, they should stop ‘messing around’.
  • None other than those infamous troublemakers and malcontents, Winston Churchill and Thomas Jefferson, respectively.
  • There is no room for malcontents or troublemakers - an issue Button had to deal with or lose promising coach Greg Gilbert.
troublemaker, mischief-maker, agitator, dissentient, dissident, rebel;
North American informal kvetch


Dissatisfied and complaining or rebellious: the malcontent generals saw their role as leaders of this counter-revolution
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  • Winning hearts and minds took a backseat to overawing malcontent factions with an overwhelming and, for all intents and purposes, enduring show of force.
  • Yep, just this past Friday, while you were reading Zack's hilariously malcontent article about NASA's shortcomings, I was busy getting diagnosed with mono.
  • And they made a substantial change, like moving talented malcontent Raul Mondesi to Toronto and getting in return Shawn Green, whom everyone sees as a superstar in waiting.
rebellious, dissentious, factious, troublemaking, grumbling, complaining, fault-finding, carping
informal nitpicking, bellyaching
North American informal hacked off, teed off, ticked off
vulgar slang pissed off, peed off



Example sentences
  • This staccato was soon joined by malcontented grumbling, and later on, a very dark frown.
  • Prime Evil shuffled in, surrounded by guards, looking every inch the malcontented librarian.
  • And through his burgeoning success, Harvey never seems to drop his malcontented, put-upon behavior.


Late 16th century: from French, from mal 'badly, ill' + content 'pleased'.

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