comfortless

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comfort +‎ -less

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comfortless (comparative more comfortless, superlative most comfortless)

  1. Deprived of comfort; uncomforted. (of a person)
  2. Offering no comfort; uncomforting. (of a thing)
    • c. 1588–1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
      Alas, poor heart, that kiss is comfortless
      As frozen water to a starved snake.
    • 1794, Charlotte Smith, chapter IV, in The Banished Man. [], volume I, London: [] T[homas] Cadell, Jun. and W[illiam] Davies, (successors to Mr. [Thomas] Cadell) [], →OCLC, page 82:
      The former ſaid it would be better to wait till the moon, which now appeared faintly, ſhould afford them light to ſee the marks which, in ſuch places, are generally made to direct travellers through the floods. To this the men, and particularly Heurthofen, reluctantly conſented; but as the wind and rain ſeemed to contend which ſhould render their ſtay the moſt comfortleſs, they ſoon became impatient, and again repreſented the poſſibility of paſſing in perfect ſecurity.
    • 1818, [Mary Shelley], Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: [] [Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, →OCLC:
      I did not dare return to the apartment which I inhabited, but felt impelled to hurry on, although drenched by the rain which poured from a black and comfortless sky.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, chapter 4, in Klee Wyck[2]:
      In comfortless, damp blankets we got through the night.

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