comfort

Definitions

General English

  • noun the state of being comfortable
  • noun something which helps to make you feel happier
  • noun a feeling of being less worried or unhappy than you were before
  • verb to make someone feel happier

Cars & Driving

  • noun
    (written as Comfort)
    a fairly basic car model specification.
  • symbolC
    (written as Comfort)

Medical

  • verb to help make someone less ancious or unhappy, especially when something bad has just happened

Travel

  • noun conditions that make it easy for the body to rest and feel relaxed

Origin & History of “comfort”

Comfort did not always have its present ‘soft’ connotations of physical ease, contentment, and well-being. Etymologically it means ‘make someone stronger’, and its original English sense was ‘encourage, support’ (this survives in such contexts as ‘give aid and comfort to the enemy’). It comes via Old French conforter from late Latin confortāre ‘strengthen greatly’, a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘with’ used as an intensive and the adjective fortis ‘strong’ (source of English force, fort, and effort).

The antonym discomfort is not etymologically related to discomfit, a word with which it is often confused.
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