Dismay vs Discontent - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between dismay and discontent

is that dismay is a sudden or complete loss of courage and firmness in the face of trouble or danger; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation while discontent is dissatisfaction.

As verbs the difference between dismay and discontent

is that dismay is to disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive of firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify while discontent is to deprive of contentment; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.

As an adjective discontent is

not content; discontented; dissatisfied.

dismay

English

Noun

(-)
  • A sudden or complete loss of courage and firmness in the face of trouble or danger; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation.
  • Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive of firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.
  • * Bible, Josh. i. 9
  • Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed .
  • * Fairfax
  • What words be these? What fears do you dismay ?
  • To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.
  • * Spenser
  • Do not dismay yourself for this.
  • To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.
  • * 1592 , , III. iii. 1:
  • Dismay not, princes, at this accident,

    discontent

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Dissatisfaction.
  • A longing for better times or circumstances.
  • * "Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York" Richard III, Act 1, Scene I Shakespeare
  • A discontented person. (see also malcontent ).
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To deprive of contentment; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Not content; discontented; dissatisfied.
  • (Jeremy Taylor)
  • * Bunyan
  • Passion seemed to be much discontent , but Patience was very quiet.