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creature comforts

plural noun
1.
things that contribute to bodily comfort and ease, as food, warmth, a comfortable bed, hot water for bathing, etc.
Origin of creature comforts
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60
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Examples from the Web for creature comfort
Historical Examples
  • He had been forced, in the last days of his law-practice, to stint himself even in this creature comfort.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • They tell me (of course) I must renounce every creature comfort, as my friend Jedediah calls it.

  • No one could have said that there was any creature comfort lacking in Mrs. Thorntons reception at Compton Dally.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The Puritans would have thought it a glaring iniquity to pay such heed to creature comfort in the house of God.

    The Colonial Cavalier Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • The inn at Lairg, overlooking the narrow waters of Loch Shin, was embowered in honeysuckles, and full of creature comfort.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • Once in the car, we find the creature comfort which reconciles one to life, and we vote the day a red-letter one.

    Pony Tracks Frederic Remington
  • Night life in a city means the intoxication of many lights, the creature comfort of good restaurants.

  • Beyond this, a simple lean-to kitchen provided all they needed for their creature comfort.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • And thinking she might be needing some creature comfort they would go over and bend down to listen for her request.

    Quiet Talks on Service

    S. D. Gordon
  • Dona sat up in bed, and arrested her tears sufficiently to accept the creature comfort offered her.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for creature comfort

creature comforts

plural noun
1.
material things or luxuries that help to provide for one's bodily comfort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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creature comfort in Culture

creature comforts definition


The basic physical things that make life pleasant — good food, warm clothing, etc.: “The poor frequently lack the creature comforts the rest of us take for granted.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Idioms and Phrases with creature comfort

creature comfort

Something that contributes to physical comfort, such as food, clothing, or housing. For example, Dean always stayed in the best hotels; he valued his creature comforts. This idiom was first recorded in 1659.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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