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 suggests that cost may matter more than coronavirus, which will be cold comfort for those running both cities. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Forward Guidance & the Fate of Cities," 17 Sep. 2020 Other puzzles in my two-hour session were impossible or difficult to complete, owing to the demo's prerelease status—but with only a few months ahead of Immortals' December launch, that's cold comfort. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Immortals hands-on: I guess Ubisoft is copying Breath of the Wild now," 10 Sep. 2020 In the face of all this, the warm weather is a cold comfort, but a comfort nonetheless. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the End of Seasons as We Knew Them," 9 Sep. 2020 But that may prove cold comfort to Americans facing a labyrinth of confusion and disparate results in getting a lab result returned. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why COVID-19 testing in the U.S. is still plagued with delays and inconsistencies," 4 Aug. 2020 However, the resolution of that squabbling will be cold comfort for many people in and around Midland whose efforts to clean up and rebuild are hampered by the stay-at-home order. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Michigan dam failure creates further misery for residents under stay-at-home orders," 28 May 2020 But that's all likely to be cold comfort for a group that, in the United States, is on track to be the first generation not to accumulate more wealth than their parents. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "Why Gen Z will be hit the hardest by the financial fallout from coronavirus," 13 May 2020 Job creation and destruction may balance out in aggregate, but that is cold comfort for people who come out on the losing side. David Deming, New York Times, "The Robots Are Coming. Prepare for Trouble.," 30 Jan. 2020 But given the number of jobs lost in the process—and the tragic circumstances—it’s decidedly cold comfort. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The European travel ban will have far-reaching consequences," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cold comfort

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Cold comfort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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