When you're unhappy, disappointed, or annoyed about something, you feel a sense of dissatisfaction. Your dissatisfaction with your boring French class might inspire you to switch to beginning Mandarin.

An entire country's dissatisfaction with their government can lead to a new administration being voted in, or in the case of extreme dissatisfaction, a revolution. Your dissatisfaction with the pasta dish you ordered might simply make you ask for a hamburger instead. Dissatisfaction adds the dis-, or "lack of," prefix to satisfaction, which originally referred to "an act by a priest to atone for sin," but came to mean "contentment" by the 14th century.

Definitions of dissatisfaction

n the feeling of being displeased and discontent

“he was never slow to express his dissatisfaction with the service he received”
the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation
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boredom, ennui, tedium
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
disappointment, letdown
a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized
a general feeling of boredom and dissatisfaction
(always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something
defeat, frustration
the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
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discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
a longing for something better than the present situation

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