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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The assurances and apologies have come as cold comfort to the families of 21,000 veterans diagnosed by chief pathologist Robert Morris Levy over 12 years, many of whom will live for years with the consequences of his mistakes. Anchorage Daily News, "How Veterans Affairs failed to stop a pathologist who misdiagnosed 3,000 cases," 30 Aug. 2019 That was cold comfort for Kashmiris and most human rights activists, who have called the move one of the most undemocratic, unconstitutional and authoritarian steps any Indian government has ever taken. New York Times, "Modi Defends Revoking Kashmir’s Statehood as Protests Flare," 8 Aug. 2019 That was cold comfort for Kashmiris and most human rights activists, who have called the move one of the most undemocratic, unconstitutional, and authoritarian steps any Indian government has ever taken. Jeffrey Gettleman And,, "As Modi addresses India, protests flare in Kashmir," 8 Aug. 2019 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 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 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 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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