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
  1. noun
    the feeling of being displeased and discontent
    “he was never slow to express his dissatisfaction with the service he received”
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    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 vague sense of unease or dissatisfaction
    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
    a feeling of annoyance or distress due to disappointment or failure
    type of:
    discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
    a longing for something better than the present situation
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