[syn: comfort, ease]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Comfort \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
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Comfort \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.
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: comfort,
comfortableness] [ant: discomfort, uncomfortableness]
2: a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
3: the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his
presence was a consolation to her" [syn: consolation,
4: 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" [syn: ease, comfort]
5: 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"
6: bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and
stitched together [syn: quilt, comforter, comfort,
7: assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known
criminal; "it gave comfort to the enemy"
v 1: give moral or emotional strength to [syn: comfort,
soothe, console, solace]
2: lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your
legs" [syn: comfort, ease]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
227 Moby Thesaurus words for "comfort":
Easy Street, abet, abundance, acceptance, advocate, affluence,
afghan, aid, aid and abet, aid and comfort, allay, alleviate,
amusement, animal pleasure, assist, assistance, assuage, assurance,
assure, avail, bail out, balm, bear a hand, bear up, bed linen,
bed of roses, bedclothes, bedcover, bedding, bedsheet, bedspread,
befriend, benefit, blanket, bodily pleasure, brighten, buck up,
buffalo robe, carnal delight, case, cheer, clothes, clover,
comforter, commiserate, commiseration, composure, condole,
condole with, condolement, condolence, consolation, console,
content, contentedness, contentment, contour sheet, convenience,
countenance, counterpane, cover, coverlet, coverlid, coziness,
creature comforts, do good, doctor, ease, easement,
easy circumstances, eiderdown, embolden, encourage, encouragement,
endorse, endpleasure, enjoyment, entertainment,
entire satisfaction, euphoria, express sympathy for, facility,
favor, feel with, felicity, fitted sheet, fleshpots, forepleasure,
fruition, fulfillment, fun, give a boost, give a hand, give a lift,
give comfort, give help, gladden, go for, good offices,
gracious life, gracious living, gratification, great satisfaction,
grieve for, grieve with, gusto, hand, happiness, hearten,
hearty enjoyment, help, inactivity, intellectual pleasure,
joie de vivre, keen pleasure, keep in countenance, kicks,
lap of luxury, lap robe, lend a hand, lend one aid, life of ease,
lift, lighten, linen, loaves and fishes, luxury, ministration,
ministry, mitigate, office, offices, opulence, patchwork quilt,
peace of mind, physical pleasure, pillow slip, pillowcase,
pleasure, plenty, proffer aid, prosperity, prosperousness, protect,
protection, put at ease, quiet, quiet pleasure, quilt, rally,
reassurance, reassure, reclaim, reconcilement, reconciliation,
redeem, refresh, relaxation, relief, relieve, relish, remedy,
render assistance, renew, repose, rescue, resignation, rest,
restfulness, restore, resuscitate, revive, robe, rug, satisfaction,
save, security, self-gratification, self-indulgence,
sensual pleasure, sensuous pleasure, service, set at ease, set up,
sexual pleasure, sharing of grief, sheet, sheeting, shine upon,
shred of comfort, sleep, slip, smile upon, solace, solacement,
soothe, soothing words, sorrow with, speak soothing words, spread,
subscribe, success, succor, support, sweetness of life, sympathize,
sympathize with, sympathy, take in tow, the affluent life,
the good life, therapy, thriving condition, titillation,
tranquillity, unbuttoned ease, upraise, upward mobility, velvet,
voluptuousness, weal, wealth, weep for, weep with, welfare,
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
COMFORT, n. A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Comfort, TX -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas
Population (2000): 2358
Housing Units (2000): 917
Land area (2000): 3.205519 sq. miles (8.302256 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.014612 sq. miles (0.037845 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.220131 sq. miles (8.340101 sq. km)
FIPS code: 16228
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 29.969566 N, 98.907087 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 78013
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.