Definition of Cold comfort

1. Noun. Very limited consolation or empathy. "He told me that time heals all wounds but that was cold comfort to me"

Generic synonyms: Consolation, Solace, Solacement

Definition of Cold comfort

1. Noun. (idiomatic) Much less reassurance, consolation, aid, or pleasure than one needs or desires. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cold Comfort

cold blood
cold boot
cold call
cold calling
cold case
cold cash
cold cautery
cold cereal
cold chain
cold chills
cold chips
cold chisel
cold cock
cold cocks
cold comfort (current term)
cold compress
cold compresses
cold cone biopsy
cold creams
cold cure resin
cold cuts
cold dark matter
cold deck
cold decked
cold decking
cold decks
cold duck
cold erythema

Literary usage of Cold comfort

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor by Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1893)
"... and his white hair fell, like a shroud, around him. CHAPTER XLI. cold comfort. ALL things being full of flaw, all things being full of holes ..."

2. Longman's Magazine by Charles James Longman (1890)
"Who'll buy ! here's goodly gear, The lamentable ballad of ' cold comfort,' All on a broadsheet printed plain. The knight, And how they parted, ..."

3. The Secret Woman by Eden Phillpotts (1905)
"CHAPTER X cold comfort NATURE has ordered that the transports of all suffering shall be intermittent, else every human mind noble enough to feel ..."

4. Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributed to the New York Tribune from by Charles Taber Congdon (1869)
"March 22,18C2 cold comfort. Do OTJE readers remember a newspaper entitled The Atlanta Confederacy?—a journal which has, even in gloomy times, furnished us ..."

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