cold comfort

noun

: quite limited sympathy, consolation, or encouragement

Example Sentences

The good news about the economy is cold comfort to people who have lost their jobs.
Recent Examples on the Web The data will also be cold comfort for U.K. households and the two lawmakers vying to take over from Boris Johnson as prime minister. Will Horner, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Those signs might be cold comfort to people forced to live with the appliances. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2022 The lack of urgency is cold comfort to those who view the court as a bulwark against one-party control over all three branches of state government. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 That’s cold comfort for fans of the Choco Taco, which featured vanilla ice cream in a sweet, taco-shaped shell that was dipped in milk chocolate and showered with peanuts. Emily Heil, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 That’s cold comfort for fans of the Choco Taco, which featured vanilla ice cream in a sweet, taco-shaped shell that was dipped in milk chocolate and showered with peanuts. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 That is cold comfort to Jean Skinaway-Lawrence and her sister, Liz Skinaway, who for all their lives have been harvesting native wild rice on lakes within a few miles from where Talon wants to mine nickel. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 That, however, is cold comfort for the people of the Magdalens, where there is virtually no hinterland to retreat to. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 But those numbers are cold comfort for people who do wind up in the hospital and for the thinning, exhausted medical staff caring for them. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Cold comfort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20comfort. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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