cold comfort

noun
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of cold comfort

: quite limited sympathy, consolation, or encouragement

Examples of cold comfort in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of cold comfort

14th century

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COLD COMFORT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cold comfort for English Language Learners

  • : something that is good for a situation but does not make someone happy because the whole situation is still bad


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