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.

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Although they were sought by Winkler and Bryan, the changes are cold comfort for the loss of a beloved daughter. Joseph A. Slobodzian,, "'I'm not angry,' says Mariya Plekan, 5 years after losing legs in Salvation Army building collapse," 1 June 2018 If Rick Saccone pulls out a narrow victory, that is cold comfort for the GOP. John Sides, Washington Post, "The Pennsylvania special election was another great night for the Democratic Party," 14 Mar. 2018 Of course that's a cold comfort, the technological equivalent of leaving your door wide open and just getting lucky that the thieves who wandered in didn't realize there was anything particularly good to steal. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "German Nuclear Power Plant Found to Be Just Rotten With Malware," 27 Apr. 2016 Perhaps cold comfort for investors used to being comfortably swaddled in central bank largess—but far better than a real global growth meltdown. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Global Growth Isn’t Dead Yet," 8 June 2018 Inner Loop Dolce Neve Italian-style gelateria serving cold comfort made from farm-fresh ingredients. Houston Chronicle, "Dip into ice cream shops in Houston and Galveston," 10 May 2018 In a way, high property taxes insulate Illinoisans from the worst of market cycles, though that’s cold comfort to many. Joanne Cleaver,, "You know Illinois' property taxes are sky-high. But the calculation process might surprise you.," 5 Apr. 2018 Still, this was a cold comfort to developers making and selling image-editing software and the first step to GIF eradication was under way: the frantic race for an alternative. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The GIF Is Dead. Long Live the GIF.," 18 Aug. 2016 And the analysis that his apparent win was due to his success in making his positions palatable to a traditionally conservative electorate may have been cold comfort to the 118 Republicans running in districts more Democratic than his. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "GOP Hill leaders warn incumbents: Pennsylvania loss a ‘wake-up call’," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cold comfort

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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