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These verbs mean to give hope or help to in time of grief or pain: comforted the distressed child; consoling a recent widow; solaced myself with a hot cup of coffee. See Also Synonyms at amenity.
- (Feel as) comfortable as a Cossack in Kiev —Richard Ford
- (Eugene was) comfortable as a saggy armchair —Donald McCaig
- Comfortable as matrimony —Nathan Bailey
- Comfortable … like sleeping on a cloud —Slogan, Sealy Inc.
- Comforting as a long soak in a hot tub after a short walk in a freezing rainstorm —Elyse Sommer
- Comforting as the Surgeon-General’s statement on a pack of Lucky Strikes —Harry Prince
- Comfort [memory of a lover] like a rosary —Sumner Locke Elliot
- Cozy and dark as a dreary day —Sharon Sheehe Stark
See Also: DARKNESS
- Cozy as a cup of tea —Anon
- Cozy as a nest —Émile Zola
- Cozy as visiting your grandmother —Mary Lee Settle
- Easy as an old shoe —English proverb
New Englanders brought this from the old country as “Comfortable as an old shoe,” an expression still very much in use. There’s also a Ukranian proverb which incorporates a somewhat different form of this simile.
See Also: MARRIAGE
- Feels comfortable like in a cloud —Francois Maspero
- Reassured … like a sheltering wing over a motherless bird —Louisa May Alcott
See Also: KINDNESS
- Restful as one’s favorite armchair —Frank Swinnerton
- (Here Skigg lies) snug as a bug in a rug —Benjamin Franklin, letter to Georgiana Shipley, September, 1772
- Snug as the yolk in an egg —Henrik Ibsen
- Soothing as mother’s milk —Anon
- [Conversation] soothing, like the quiet, washing sound of an ocean —Donald Justice
- Supported [by attentive performance] as a bold swimmer by the waves —Ivan Turgenev
- [Prospect of someone’s being there] sustained him like a snug life jacket —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
- Sustain like a stream does a trout —Andrew Dubus
- Warm and cozy and private as a nursery —John Braine
- Warm and old-fashioned as a potbellied stove —Anon, capsule movie review, Newsday, January, 1986
- (Walls look as) warm and sturdy as a fisherman’s hand-knitted sweater —Sheila Radley
See Also: PERMANENCE
- (The whole room was as equally and agreeably) warm as a bath full of water —Anon
See Also: ROOMS
- Warm as piss —American colloquialism
- Warm as sunshine, light as floating clouds —Slogan, Torfeaco bedding
- Warm like love —Sharon Sheehe Stark
Past participle: comforted
|Noun||1.||comfort - 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"|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
relief, ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
convenience - the state of being suitable or opportune; "chairs arranged for his own convenience"
|2.||comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment|
pleasure, pleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
consolation, solace, solacement - the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment; "second place was no consolation to him"
|3.||comfort - the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"|
|4.||comfort - 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"|
affluence, richness - abundant wealth; "they studied forerunners of richness or poverty"; "the richness all around unsettled him for he had expected to find poverty"
lap of luxury - in conditions of wealth and comfort; "he was raised in the lap of luxury"
|5.||comfort - 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.||comfort - bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together|
|7.||comfort - assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal; "it gave comfort to the enemy"|
|Verb||1.||comfort - give moral or emotional strength to|
calm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull - make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
|2.||comfort - lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"|
console trouble, excite, bother, depress, distress, annoy, irritate, discomfort, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), agitate, ruffle, sadden, irk, rile, give someone grief
you're a great comfort to me → eres un gran consuelo para mí
if it's any comfort to you → si te sirve de consuelo
that's cold or small comfort → eso no me consuela nada
the exam is too close for comfort → el examen está demasiado cerca para que me sienta tranquilo
to give comfort to the enemy → dar aliento al enemigo
to take comfort from sth → consolarse con algo
I take comfort in or from the fact/knowledge that → me consuelo sabiendo que ...
to live in comfort → vivere nell'agiatezza
that car was a bit too close for comfort → quella macchina è passata troppo vicino per i miei gusti