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Definition of contentment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(content) [uncountable]
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a feeling of happiness or satisfaction He has found contentment at last. a sigh of contentment compare discontent Thesaurussatisfactionhappiness pride contentment fulfillmentThese are all words for the good feeling that you have when you are happy or when you have achieved something.satisfaction the good feeling that you have when you have achieved something or when something that you wanted to happen does happen:He derived great satisfaction from knowing that his son was happy.happiness the good feeling that you have when you are happy:Money can't buy you happiness.pride a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction that you get when you, or people who are connected with you, have done something well or own something that other people admire:The sight of her son graduating filled her with pride.contentment (somewhat formal) a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you have:They found contentment in living a simple life.fulfillment a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you do or have done:her search for personal fulfillmentsatisfaction, happiness, contentment, or fulfillment?You can feel satisfaction at achieving almost anything, small or large; you feel fulfillment when you do something useful and enjoyable with your life. Happiness is the feeling you have when things give you pleasure and can be quite a lively feeling;contentment is a quieter feeling that you get when you have learned to find pleasure in things.Patterns satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment in something real satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment true satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment great satisfaction/happiness/pride quiet satisfaction/pride/contentment to feel satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment to bring somebody satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment to find satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: contentment