(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Want of satisfaction
1. discontent, discontentment, displeasure; dissatisfaction, resentment; inquietude, vexation, soreness, heartburning (see dejection); querulousness (see lamentation); dissidence, dissent; hypercriticism; petulance. Informal, gripe. Slang, the blahs, attitude.
2. (cause of discontent) fly in the ointment, sour grapes, thorn in the flesh or in one's side (see disappointment); harassment.
3. (discontent person) malcontent, grumbler, growler, croaker, fussbudget. Informal, grouch, griper, crab. Slang, grouser, kvetch, sorehead, sourpuss.
1. be discontented or dissatisfied; quarrel with one's bread and butter; repine, regret; take on, take to heart; shrug the shoulders, make a wry face, pull a long face, knot one's brows, look blue or black, look blank, look glum; cut off one's nose to spite one's face; take in bad part, take ill; fret, chafe, grumble, croak; lament (see lamentation). Informal, gripe, beef. Slang, grouse, kvetch, make a stink, rattle beads, ride the rag, have an attitude.
2. cause discontent, displease, dissatisfy, not sit right with; be a pain in the neck, vex, disappoint, chagrin, distress, exercise, afflict, annoy, ail, bother, badger, pester, lacerate, besiege, disconcert, harass, molest, nettle, heckle, persecute, get under one's skin, stick in one's craw or crop, put one's nose out of joint, rub the wrong way, jangle. Informal, bug, put off, devil, mess with.
1. discontented, dissatisfied, disgruntled, ill at ease, unsatisfied, ungratified; dissident, dissenting, malcontent (see dissent); exigent, exacting, hypercritical; repining, regretful; down in the mouth, morose, dejected (see dejection); in high dudgeon, in the dumps, in bad humor, glum, sulky, sullen, querulous; sour[ed], out of humor or temper, grumpy. Informal, sore, grouchy. Slang, crabby.
2. disappointing, unsatisfactory; pesky, annoying; ungrateful.
Quotations — We loathe our manna, and we long for quails (John Dryden), In pale contented sort of discontent (John Keats), Content is disillusioning to behold: what is there to be content about? (Virginia Woolf), Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will (Emerson).
Antonyms, see cheerfulness, pleasure, content.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. dissatisfaction, envy, uneasiness, restlessness; see annoyance 1 , dissatisfaction 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
dissatisfaction, unhappiness, uneasiness, displeasure, disquiet, unfulfillment, vexation, wanting, dysphoria, restlessness. ''The first step of progress.''—Thomas Edison. ''A perverse and fretful disposition.''— Cicero.
ANT.: contentment, satisfaction, ease
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun Unhappiness caused by the failure of one's hopes, desires, or expectations: disappointment, discontentment, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction, letdown, regret. See HAPPY. II verb To cause unhappiness by failing to satisfy the hopes, desires, or expectations of: disappoint, disgruntle, dissatisfy, let down. See HAPPY.

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