“The director described the actor as a malcontent who was always up in arms about the smallest issues.”
Based on the sentence above, which definition most accurately describes malcontent?
Malcontent (noun) – an ill-affected person who is dissatisfied, agitated, and a troublemaker
Malcontent (adjective) – not satisfied, aggrieved, or discontent
GRE pro tips:
Malcontent comes from the Latin root mal means “bad,” or “ill” and the word content, meaning satisfied. Although you are likely familiar with the what it means to be a “content person,” you may be less familiar with the what it means to be a “malcontent.” However, the meaning is really just as it sounds. Whereas a content person is satisfied with the current state of affairs, a malcontent is just the opposite: a malcontent is someone who is dissatisfied with the current state of affairs (or “ill-content”) – and so much so that they are often agitated and are making trouble or acting out.
“The director described the actress as a malcontent who was up in arms about the smallest issues.”
“Five years ago, a band of malcontents, mainly self-styled radicals, seized power.”