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[kuhm-fer-ter] /ˈkʌm fər tər/
a person or thing that comforts.
a quilt.
a long, woolen scarf, usually knitted.
the Comforter, Holy Ghost.
Origin of comforter
1300-50; Middle English comfortour < Anglo-French, Old French conforteor, equivalent to confort(er) (see comfort) + -eor < Latin -ōr- -or1 or -ātōr- -ator Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he would take refuge with his sister Laure, his only friend and comforter.

    Honoré de Balzac Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
  • She could not bear to part with Flora, who had been both nurse and comforter to her in her affliction.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • This is a comforter, a quilt, for the Spiders babies, softer than any swans down and warm as toast.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • If I go not away, the comforter, the Paraclete, will not come unto you.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • “Three weeks certain,” said Woodhouse, an excellent engineer, but no good as a comforter.

  • The worst fault of the comforter is to be found in its uncleanliness.

  • "She would have been your comforter," sighed his friend, as he felt his inability to contend with such grief.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
  • With every hour she would be less his nurse and comforter, more the woman he loved.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for comforter


a person or thing that comforts
(mainly Brit) a woollen scarf
a baby's dummy
(US) a quilted bed covering


(Christianity) an epithet of the Holy Spirit
Word Origin
C14: translation of Latin consolātor, representing Greek paraklētos; see Paraclete
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comforter

mid-14c., "one who consoles or comforts," from Anglo-French confortour (Old French comforteor), from Vulgar Latin *confortatorem, agent noun from Late Latin confortare (see comfort (v.)). As a kind of scarf, from 1823; as a kind of coverlet, from 1832.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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comforter in the Bible

the designation of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7; R.V. marg., "or Advocate, or Helper; Gr. paracletos"). The same Greek word thus rendered is translated "Advocate" in 1 John 2:1 as applicable to Christ. It means properly "one who is summoned to the side of another" to help him in a court of justice by defending him, "one who is summoned to plead a cause." "Advocate" is the proper rendering of the word in every case where it occurs. It is worthy of notice that although Paul nowhere uses the word paracletos, he yet presents the idea it embodies when he speaks of the "intercession" both of Christ and the Spirit (Rom. 8:27, 34).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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