cold comfort


: quite limited sympathy, consolation, or encouragement

Examples of cold comfort in a Sentence

The good news about the economy is cold comfort to people who have lost their jobs.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cold comfort was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cold comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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