V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) an unhappy and discontented individual, especially one who feels oppressed or is in open rebellion against his or her government; (adj.) dissatisfied or unhappy with something

Synonyms: (n.) insurgent, rebel, grumbler, dissenter, agitator, (adj.) discontented, dissatisfied, displeased, unhappy, rebellious, factious, resentful

Antonyms: content, happy, pleased

Tips: In both its noun and adjective forms, malcontent often carries a political connotation. Malcontent is also a more sophisticated way of describing someone who is unhappy and causing trouble.

Usage Examples:

The street outside the government office was filled with malcontents carrying protest signs. (dissenters, agitators) noun

A poet, an artist, and a malcontent, his creations often reflected rebellion against mainstream society. (rebel, dissenter) noun

She was malcontent at her current job and scoured the want ads each morning, hoping to find something better. (dissatisfied) adjective

The company fired him because he was a malcontent; he was always complaining about something or stirring up trouble. (grumbler, agitator) noun

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