from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.

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  • n. A good aspect of a mostly bad event.

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  • n. a consoling aspect of a difficult situation


From the proverb "Every cloud has a silver lining”.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originating in the John Milton's poem “Comus”; see 1634 quotation. The proverb every cloud has a silver lining is an allusion to the relevant passage. (Wiktionary)


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