- a person who unwittingly or maliciously depresses or discourages someone while attempting to be consoling.
Origin of Job's comforter
- a person who, while purporting to give sympathy, succeeds only in adding to distress
Three friends of Job who visited him in his affliction and offered him a way of making sense of his troubles: namely, that he was getting what he deserved. Job's friends maintained that misfortunes were sent by God as punishments for sin, and thus despite Job's apparent goodness, he must really be a terrible sinner. Job persistently disputed them, saying that God is supreme and mysterious — that God can send misfortunes to both good and wicked people and may not be second-guessed.