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comforter

[kuhm-fer-ter] /ˈkʌm fər tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that comforts.
2.
a quilt.
3.
a long, woolen scarf, usually knitted.
4.
the Comforter, Holy Ghost.
Origin of comforter
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English comfortour < Anglo-French, Old French conforteor, equivalent to confort(er) (see comfort) + -eor < Latin -ōr- -or1 or -ātōr- -ator
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  • Andrew is the counsellor, comforter, safety, and aid in any trouble.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Birnie is sanguine as ever; but he is a terrible sort of comforter!

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Templeton became the sole friend, comforter, and supporter of the daughter.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And was she not also the Health of the weak, the Refuge of sinners, the comforter of the afflicted?

  • But the comforter did not stay long, for Pepsy dreamed a dream.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "I've oft telt thee so," said Mattha, not fearing the character of a Job's comforter.

  • Pete fell into a melancholy, and once more took to music as a comforter.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Then the voice of the comforter failed her, and she dropped her head on his breast.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for comforter

comforter

/ˈkʌmfətə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that comforts
2.
(mainly Brit) a woollen scarf
3.
a baby's dummy
4.
(US) a quilted bed covering

Comforter

/ˈkʌmfətə/
noun
1.
(Christianity) an epithet of the Holy Spirit
Word Origin
C14: translation of Latin consolātor, representing Greek paraklētos; see Paraclete
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Word Origin and History for comforter
n.

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.

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