Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dissatisfied with existing conditions.
  • n. A chronically dissatisfied person.
  • n. One who rebels against the established system: "immature malcontents who have long since sold out to conformity” ( John M. Wilson).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dissatisfied with current conditions; discontented
  • n. a person who is not satisfied with current conditions; a discontented person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. discontented; uneasy; dissatisfied; especially, dissatisfied with the government.
  • n. One who discontented; especially, a discontented subject of a government; one who expresses his discontent by words or overt acts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dissatisfied; discontented; especially, dissatisfied or discontented with the existing order of things, as with the constitution of society, or the administration of government.
  • n. A discontented person; specifically, a discontented subject of government; one who murmurs at the laws and administration, or who manifests his dissatisfaction by overt acts, as in sedition or insurrection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. discontented as toward authority
  • n. a person who is discontented or disgusted

Etymologies

mal- +‎ content (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was joy, my little malcontent is growing up to be a "prop-a hate-a"!

    POLL RESULTS: Mr. Smith Goes to Hollywood

  • JohnDewey: I think you're possibly assuming a bunch of other things about the malcontents that aren't necessarily justified i.e. that their malcontent is a personality trait, rather than a result of situational factors.

    More Unhappiness, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But to a growing legend of spectators, he's simply becoming known as the malcontent's best friend.

    Edmonton Sun

  • BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, if Matthew Hoh was some kind of malcontent or incompetent, this would not be the story that it is.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2009

  • Now, if Matthew Hoh were some kind of malcontent or incompetent, this would not be the news story that it is.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2009

  • Schlachter was quick to dismiss being labeled a "malcontent".

    Toledo Newspaper

  • 'Somebody Ended Up Ratting Me Out': Miley's Naughty-Photo Hacker Speaks In a sneak attack befitting the kind of malcontent who would dare despoil Miley Cyrus's e-mail account and posted scandalously skin-baring, kiss-blowing,

    Gawker

  • Mr Starmer's intervention prompted strong criticism from David Green, the director of the think tank Civitas, who said: "The Human Rights Act is so vague that it has opened up opportunities for every kind of malcontent who thinks there might be money or other advantage to be gained from legal confrontation, often encouraged by no-win-no-fee lawyers."

    Telegraph.co.uk: news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • Fair Add. you all are getting upset over this ad; however no one voiced this kind of malcontent when sen. mc cain called obama "that one"; which is and always has been seen as a derogatory slant at minorities … … suck it up.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • In a sneak attack befitting the kind of malcontent who would dare despoil

    Gawker: Defamer

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