verb (used with object)
Origin of comfort
Synonyms for comfort
Related Words for comfortamenity, contentment, enjoyment, satisfaction, convenience, well-being, luxury, relaxation, pleasure, warmth, happiness, relief, solace, compassion, encouragement, sympathy, consolation, delight, console, assuage
Examples from the Web for comfort
Contemporary Examples of comfort
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
The doctor tells me I can walk on it right away, “as comfort allows.”You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Liberals either boast or comfort themselves that their own beliefs push humanity forward.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
But, if anything, the endurance made the desire for comfort food even greater.
Cereal brings back memories of lazy mornings and easy extravagance, a time when worries were few and comfort was plenty.
Historical Examples of comfort
God knows I ain't discountin' the comfort I've always took in him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.
You are welcome to all the comfort you can find in your present situation.Brave and Bold
However, there was one comfort—English tongues answered, if it was only with denials.
Everybody was drawn to her, yet not a soul took any comfort in her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Word Origin for comfort
late 13c., conforten "to cheer up, console," from Old French conforter "to comfort, to solace; to help, strengthen," from Late Latin confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fortis "strong" (see fort). Change of -n- to -m- began in English 14c. Related: Comforted; comforting.
c.1200, "feeling of relief" (as still in to take comfort in something); also "source of alleviation or relief;" from Old French confort (see comfort (v.)). Replaced Old English frofor. Comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.
see cold comfort; creature comforts; too close for comfort.