cold comfort


Definition of 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.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s cold comfort for the users who were left in the lurch when their accounts were suddenly closed. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 7 July 2021 That’s cold comfort for Gazans living through the bombardment. NBC News, 14 May 2021 But that will be cold comfort for those who want to put the Trump era more firmly in the rearview mirror. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 11 June 2021 So promises of amelioration may feel like cold comfort. Peter Rubin, Wired, 12 May 2021 That may be cold comfort for older acts that are stuck with lower rates. New York Times, 7 May 2021 That comes as cold comfort in a country where some 2,500 people died every day over the past week, more than triple the number in the US., 30 Apr. 2021 This may only be cold comfort to the thousands of Turks who have put their money in cryptocurrencies. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2021 That's cold comfort considering more than 562,000 people in the US have now died of the virus. Aj Willingham, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cold comfort

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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2 Aug 2021

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“Cold comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cold comfort

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


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