Comfort

Com"fort

(?), n. [OF. confort, fr. conforter.] 1. Assistance; relief; support. [Obs. except in the phrase "aid and comfort." See 5 below.] Shak.
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2. Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation.
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In comfort of her mother's fears.
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Cheer thy spirit with this comfort.
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Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort availed not.
Longfellow.
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3. A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition.
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I had much joy and comfort in thy love.
Phil. 7 (Rev. Ver.).
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He had the means of living in comfort.
Macaulay.
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4. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable. [U. S.]
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5. (Law) Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as, to give aid and comfort to the enemy.

Syn. -- Comfort, Consolation. 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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