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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  [Obs.]  --Wyclif. 
 
  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. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  That  we  may  be  able  to  comfort  them  that  are  in  any 
  affliction.  --2  Cor.  i.  4 
  (Rev.  Ver.). 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  comforting 
  adj  1:  providing  freedom  from  worry  [syn:  {cheering},  {satisfying}] 
  2:  affording  comfort  or  solace  [syn:  {consolatory},  {consoling}] 




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