aid and comfort
- Help; assistance; encouragement; counsel. An element of the crime of treason. One gives aid and comfort to the enemy where he commits an overt act which, in its natural consequence, if successful, would encourage and advance the interests of the enemy. Young v United States, 97 US 39, 24 L Ed 992; 52 Am J1st Treas § 9. The term "aid and comfort" contemplates some kind of affirmative action, deed, or physical activity tending to strengthen the enemy or weaken the power to resist him, and is not satisfied by a mere mental operation. Cramer v United States, 325 US 11 89 L Ed 1441, 65 S Ct 918, Kawakita v United States, 343 US 717, 96 L Ed 1249, 72 S Ct 950.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.
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aid and comfort — To render assistance or counsel. Any act that deliberately strengthens or tends to strengthen enemies of the United States, or that weakens or tends to weaken the power of the United States to resist and attack such enemies is characterized as… … Law dictionary
aid and comfort — Help; support; assistance; counsel; encouragement. As an element in the crime of treason (Constitution of the United States, Art. Ill, No. 3), the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy may consist in a mere attempt. It is not essential to… … Black's law dictionary
giving aid and comfort to enemy — As an element of the offense of treason: overt acts committed which, in their natural consequence, if successful, would encourage and advance the interests of the enemy. Young v United States, 97 US 39, 24 L Ed 992 … Ballentine's law dictionary
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Comfort — Com fort, n. [OF. confort, fr. conforter.] 1. Assistance; relief; support. [Obs. except in the phrase aid and comfort. See 5 below.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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comfort — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French cunforter, comforter, from Late Latin confortare to strengthen greatly, from Latin com + fortis strong Date: 13th century 1. to give strength and hope to ; cheer 2. to ease the grief … New Collegiate Dictionary
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… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins