A malcontent is someone who's always dissatisfied. The guy at the restaurant who sends back the steak because it's too rare, then sends it back a second time complaining that it's not rare enough — he's a malcontent.

Malcontent is often used to describe people who complain about more important things than steaks — things like social and political injustice. In Shakespeare's day, the Malcontent was a popular character type. Hamlet was a classic Malcontent. He believed that his uncle, King Claudius, murdered his father for power, and it made him angry that everyone else seemed to think that Claudius was a good person.

Definitions of malcontent

adj discontented as toward authority

disaffected, ill-affected, rebellious
discontent, discontented
showing or experiencing dissatisfaction or restless longing

n a person who is discontented or disgusted

caviler, caviller, pettifogger, quibbler
a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
someone who is peevish or disgruntled
someone who quarrels about a small matter
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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