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1. The state of being contented; satisfaction.
2. A source of satisfaction: the contentments of a comfortable retirement.


(kənˈtɛnt mənt)

1. the state of being contented.
2. something that contents.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]




  1. (There she lay) as complacently feminine as a turtle-dove —Christopher Isherwood
  2. Content as a Parsee priestess who had duly paid her morning devotions to the deity —Israel Zangwill
  3. Content as a tick sitting quietly on a tree and living off a tiny drop of blood plundered years before —Patrick Suskind
  4. (She wanted us to be as) content as trees in a rain forest —Max Apple
  5. Contented as a baby on a schedule —Hollis Summers
  6. Contented as a cobra full of warm milk —Rupert Hughes
  7. Content … like a little white kitty in a basket —Eudora Welty
  8. Feel rewarded, like a gardener who’s cutting roots —Margaret Sutherland
  9. Hummed … like a cook with things coming out right —William Beechcroft
  10. Like jellyfish that lie beneath the warm ocean waters here [Hilton Head] there is discontent beneath the surface bonhomie (of the governors’ annual conference) —David Shieman, Wall Street Journal August 26, 1986
  11. (She prospered and could expect to prosper more … but) like someone in exile, uncertain of deliverance, she was restless and dissatisfied —Robert Henson
  12. Looked about as satisfied as a millionaire’s mistress —William Beechcroft
  13. Mood of complacency … like a man who, having been under dire threat of burglary, suddenly increases his insurance and changes all the locks on his house and is convinced that these emergencies will make him for ever immune —H. E. Bates
  14. Pleased as a cat with two tails —American colloquialism, attributed to New England

    A common variation: “Proud as a dog with two tails.”

  15. Psyche … topped up like the tanks of the automobiles —Frank Conroy

    The simile from Conroy’s novel, Stop-Time, refers to more than one automobile because the scene is in a gas station. Removed from this context, “Topped up like the tank of an automobile” would have the same meaning.

  16. Satisfying as getting a refund on your income tax —Anon
  17. Sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes against him —James Thurber

    See Also: BASEBALL

  18. Take it (killing and bloodshed) in like the sun shines and the rain falls —Eileen O’Casey
  19. Wears contentment like a wreath —Barbara Howes
  20. When people abhor what they cannot comprehend, they are like those burning with fever, to whom the choicest food is unpalatable —Kahlil Gibran
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contentment - happiness with one's situation in lifecontentment - happiness with one's situation in life
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
satisfaction - the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation; "the chef tasted the sauce with great satisfaction"
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment - a longing for something better than the present situation


noun satisfaction, peace, content, ease, pleasure, comfort, happiness, fulfilment, gratification, serenity, equanimity, gladness, repletion, contentedness I cannot describe the feeling of contentment that was with me at that time.
discomfort, discontent, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, displeasure, uneasiness, discontentment
"Poor and content is rich and rich enough" [William Shakespeare Othello]
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[kənˈtentmənt] Ncontento m, satisfacción f


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[kənˈtɛntmənt] ncontentezza, soddisfazione f


(kənˈtent) adjective
satisfied; quietly happy. He doesn't want more money – he's content with what he has.
the state of being satisfied or quietly happy. You're on holiday – you can lie in the sun to your heart's content.
to satisfy. As the TV's broken, you'll have to content yourself with listening to the radio.
conˈtented adjective
satisfied; quietly happy. a contented sigh.
conˈtentedly adverb
conˈtentment noun
References in classic literature ?
I'm so full of happiness, that if Father was only here, I couldn't hold one drop more," said Beth, quite sighing with contentment as Jo carried her off to the study to rest after the excitement, and to refresh herself with some of the delicious grapes the `Jungfrau' had sent her.
His voice became soft and reminiscent, and with a sigh of contentment he launched into a long rambling talk, speaking as one lost in a dream.
His droll expression seemed to say that he had found the secret of contentment.
She was moved by a kind of commiseration for Madame Ratignolle,--a pity for that colorless existence which never uplifted its possessor beyond the region of blind contentment, in which no moment of anguish ever visited her soul, in which she would never have the taste of life's delirium.
My conclusion was that he had no soul, no heart, no mind; nothing, as I have already said, but instincts; and yet, withal, so cunningly had the few materials of his character been put together that there was no painful perception of deficiency, but, on my part, an entire contentment with what I found in him.
What I remember is that I was content not, for the time, to open the question, and that contentment must have sprung from the sense of his perpetually striking show of cleverness.
Her whole plump countenance beams with satisfaction and contentment from under her well-starched checked turban, bearing on it, however, if we must confess it, a little of that tinge of self-consciousness which becomes the first cook of the neighborhood, as Aunt Chloe was universally held and acknowledged to be.
Children munching oranges, six thousand fans fluttering and glimmering, everybody happy, everybody chatting gayly with their intimates, lovely girl-faces smiling recognition and salutation to other lovely girl-faces, gray old ladies and gentlemen dealing in the like exchanges with each other - ah, such a picture of cheery contentment and glad anticipation
We went slipping silently along, between the green and fragrant banks, with a sense of pleasure and contentment that grew, and grew, all the time.
Then that house was complete, and its contentment and peace were made manifest to the world by this symbol, whose testimony is infallible.
That was agreeable, so they chewed it turn about, and dangled their legs against the bench in excess of contentment.
The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion.