Malcontent

“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?

Check your answer!

Choice A - Someone who is often dissatisfied and agitated
Choice B - Someone who is often depressed or morose
Choice C - Someone who loves to be the center of attention
Choice D - Someone with bushy eyebrows

Definition:

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.

Example sentences:

“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.”