['kʌmfət] or ['kʌmfɚt]
(noun.) assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal; 'it gave comfort to the enemy'.
(noun.) a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment.
(noun.) satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing; 'his friendship was a comfort'; 'a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts'.
(noun.) a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; 'he is a man who enjoys his comfort'; 'she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair'.
(verb.) lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; 'ease the pain in your legs' .
(verb.) give moral or emotional strength to.
Typed by Leigh--From WordNet
(v. t.) To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
(v. t.) To assist or help; to aid.
(v. t.) To impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve; to console; to cheer.
(n.) Assistance; relief; support.
(n.) Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation.
(n.) A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition.
(n.) A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.
(n.) Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as, to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
Synonyms and Synonymous
v. a. Solace, console, cheer, gladden, encourage, inspirit, enliven, animate, revive, refresh, invigorate, relieve, strengthen.
n. . Support, assistance, aid, help, succor, countenance.. Solace, consolation, encouragement, relief.. Ease, enjoyment, satisfaction.
Inputed by Gretchen
v.t. to relieve from pain or distress: to soothe: to cheer revive.—n. relief: encouragement: ease: quiet enjoyment: freedom from annoyance: whatever gives ease enjoyment &c.: a subject of satisfaction.—adj. Com′fortable imparting or enjoying comfort.—adv. Com′fortably.—n. Com′forter one who administers comfort: (B.) the Holy Spirit: a long narrow woollen tippet.—adj. Com′fortless without comfort.—n. Com′fortlessness.—Job's comforter one who while pretending to comfort only aggravates the distress.
Unserious Contents or Definition
n. A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness.
Edited by Francine
- But as Elizabeth could not receive comfort from any such expectation, she made no answer. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- But it will soon grow out again, said Beth, coming to kiss and comfort the shorn sheep. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- I am quite grieved for him, and very much frightened, and so is Sir Thomas; and how glad I should be if you were here to comfort me. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- They talked of hope and comfort. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- He may not give pleasure, he may not bring comfort, but, on the contrary, may make those to whose hearts he comes very unhappy. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Whether friends were present or absent, she had always a kind smile for him and was attentive to his pleasure and comfort. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- Mrs. Bennet's best comfort was that Mr. Bingley must be down again in the summer. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.
- To be otherwise comforted was out of the question. Jane Austen. Mansfield Park.
- I was comforted. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- I spent some hours with her; she comforted, but knew not how to advise me. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- But he always aided and comforted me when he could, in some way of his own, and he always did so at dinner-time by giving me gravy, if there were any. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Meg received his humble apology, and was much comforted by the assurance that Brooke knew nothing of the joke. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Mrs. March did not say much but looked disturbed, and comforted her afflicted little daughter in her tenderest manner. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- You have comforted others with such things, father. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- Yes, but there are some little comforts that you wouldn't be the worse for,' returned Mrs Boffin. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Women, after all, gentlemen,' said the enthusiastic Mr. Snodgrass, 'are the great props and comforts of our existence. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- Jane Fairfax had already quitted Highbury, and was restored to the comforts of her beloved home with the Campbells. Jane Austen. Emma.
- The store of creature comforts was not the chief part of the visitor's reception. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- And, placing water in his reach, and making whatever little arrangements for his comforts she could, Cassy left the shed. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
- I must have my comforts. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- Settlers in the newer portions of the country are often deprived of many comforts which are easily accessible in long-settled places. William K. David. Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians.
- He never smoked so late, and it seemed to hint to me that he wanted comforting, for some reason or other. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- She was thinking all the time of the perfect comforting, reassuring thing to say to him. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- For a family in our situation, the Superintendent of the Frizinghall police was the most comforting officer you could wish to see. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- I ha' lived under 't so long, for that I ha' had'n the pity and comforting words o' th' best lass living or dead. Charles Dickens. Hard Times.
- I had thought of that too, and it was very far from comforting to me to find that he had thought of it; for it seemed to render it more probable. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Had I gone to him, he would have shown me all that was tender, and comforting, and gentle, in the honest Popish superstition. Charlotte Bronte. Villette.
- Too many a time had I seen him in need of being brightened up with a comforting word! Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.