from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Extremely limited empathy, sympathy, or encouragement: "I told him that the years would pass with remarkable celerity, but that appeared to be cold comfort” ( Nelson Bryant).

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  • n. Much less reassurance, consolation, aid, or pleasure than one needs or desires.

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  • n. very limited consolation or empathy


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  • northern comfort

    September 8, 2010

  • Not much comfort at all. See the classic satire ''Cold Comfort Farm'' by Stella Gibbons.

    December 23, 2008