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Meaning of COMFORT

Pronunciation:  'kumfurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"
  2. [n]  a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; "a life of luxury and ease"; "he had all the material comforts of this world"
  5. [v]  ease physically
  6. [v]  give moral or emotional strength to

COMFORT is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: comfortableness, consolation, console, ease, solace, solace, soothe
 Antonyms: discomfort, uncomfortableness
 See Also: affluence, allay, alleviate, alleviation, assuage, assuagement, calm, calm down, condition, consolation, convenience, cosiness, coziness, ease, ease, lap of luxury, lull, ministration, palliate, pleasance, pleasure, quiet, quieten, relief, relief, relief, relieve, relieve, richness, snugness, solace, solace, solacement, solacement, status, still, succor, succour, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com"fort\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Comforted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Comforting.}] [F. conforter, fr. L. confortare to
    strengthen much; con- + fortis strong. See {Fort}.]
    1. To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
       [Obs.] --Wyclif.
             God's own testimony . . . doth not a little comfort
             and confirm the same.                 --Hooker.
    2. To assist or help; to aid. [Obs.]
             I . . . can not help the noble chevalier: God
             comfort him in this necessity!        --Shak.
    3. To impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve;
       to console; to cheer.
             Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
             That we may be able to comfort them that are in any
             affliction.                           --2 Cor. i. 4
                                                   (Rev. Ver.).
             A perfect woman, nobly planned, To warn, to comfort,
             and command.                          --Wordsworth.
    Syn: To cheer; solace; console; revive; encourage; enliven;
         invigorate; inspirit; gladden; recreate; exhilarate;
         refresh; animate; confirm; strengthen.
    Usage: {To Comfort}, {Console}, {Solace}. These verbs all
           suppose some antecedent state of suffering or sorrow.
           Console is confined to the act giving sympathetic
           relief to the mind under affliction or sorrow, and
           points to some definite source of that relief; as, the
           presence of his friend consoled him; he was much
           consoled by this intelligence. The act of consoling
           commonly implies the inculcation of resignation.
           Comfort points to relief afforded by the communication
           of positive pleasure, hope, and strength, as well as
           by the diminution of pain; as, ``They brought the
           young man alive, and were not a little comforted.''
           --Acts xx. 12. Solace is from L. solacium, which means
           according to Dumesnil, consolation inwardly felt or
           applied to the case of the sufferer. Hence, the verb
           to solace denotes the using of things for the purpose
           of affording relief under sorrow or suffering; as, to
           solace one's self with reflections, with books, or
           with active employments.
  2. \Com"fort\, n. [OF. confort, fr. conforter.]
    1. Assistance; relief; support. [Obs. except in the phrase
       ``aid and comfort.'' See 5 below.] --Shak.
    2. Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that
       which affords consolation.
             In comfort of her mother's fears.     --Shak.
             Cheer thy spirit with this comfort.   --Shak.
             Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort
             availed not.                          --Longfellow.
    3. A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or
       anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition.
             I had much joy and comfort in thy love. --Phil. 7
                                                   (Rev. Ver.).
             He had the means of living in comfort. --Macaulay.
    4. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable. [U. S.]
    5. (Law) Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as,
       to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
    Syn: {Comfort}, {Consolation}.
    Usage: Comfort has two meanings:
    1. Strength and relief received under affliction;
    2. Positive enjoyment, of a quiet, permanent nature, together
       with the sources thereof; as, the comfort of love;
       surrounded with comforts; but it is with the former only
       that the word consolation is brought into comparison. As
       thus compared, consolation points to some specific source
       of relief for the afflicted mind; as, the consolations of
       religion. Comfort supposes the relief to be afforded by
       imparting positive enjoyment, as well as a diminution of
       pain. ``Consolation, or comfort, signifies some
       alleviation to that pain to which it is not in our power
       to afford the proper and adequate remedy; they imply
       rather an augmentation of the power of bearing, than a
       diminution of the burden.'' --Johnson.
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