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

1. the state of being contented.
2. something that contents.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]
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  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
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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
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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] ncontentement m, satisfaction fcontent provider nfournisseur m de contenucontents insurance [ˌkɒntɛntsɪnˈʃʊərəns] nassurance f de patrimoine mobiliercontents page [ˌkɒntɛntsˈpeɪdʒ] n (in book)table f des matières
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[kənˈtɛntmənt] ncontentezza, soddisfazione f
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.
Kings in their fretted palaces grow old; Youth dwells for ever at Contentment's side.
Behold yonder peasant tilling his field in peace and contentment! He rises with the lark, passes the day in wholesome toil, and lies down at night to pleasant dreams.
The air was heavy with contentment. He hummed a tune.
"Arrived there, the little house they fill, Ne looke for entertainment where none was; Rest is their feast, and all things at their will: The noblest mind the best contentment has."
"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.
When the last crisp slice of bacon was gone, and the last allowance of corn pone devoured, the boys stretched themselves out on the grass, filled with contentment. They could have found a cooler place, but they would not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting camp-fire.
Could men or plants but once elevate their thoughts to the vast scale of creation, it would teach them their own insignificance so plainly, would so unerringly make manifest the futility of complaints, and the immense disparity between time and eternity, as to render the useful lesson of contentment as inevitable as it is important.
But outsiders, you know, often see most of the game; and sitting in my arbor by the wayside, smoking my hookah of contentment and eating the sweet lotus-leaves of indolence, I can look out musingly upon the whirling throng that rolls and tumbles past me on the great high-road of life.
Strangely enough, everything about it was shaggy, although so new and beautiful, and he sighed with contentment to realize that he could now be finely dressed and still be the shaggy man.
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.
Even in the glassless upper windows was an expression of peace and contentment, due to the light within.