- affording comfort or solace.
Origin of comforting
- to soothe, console, or reassure; bring cheer to: They tried to comfort her after her loss.
- to make physically comfortable.
- Obsolete. to aid; support or encourage.
- relief in affliction; consolation; solace: Her presence was a comfort to him.
- a feeling of relief or consolation: Her forgiveness afforded him great comfort.
- a person or thing that gives consolation: She was a great comfort to him.
- a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction: The patient's recovery was a comfort to the doctor.
- a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, with freedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys his comfort.
- something that promotes such a state: His wealth allows him to enjoy a high degree of comfort.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a comforter or quilt.
- Obsolete. strengthening aid; assistance.
Origin of comfort
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Examples from the Web for comforting
In an environment of uncertainty, fixating on the accused is comforting.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
It was refreshingly candid, but not necessarily theologically sound or comforting to Christian voters.Is Rand Paul Christian Enough for the GOP?
August 2, 2014
After being yelled at like that by Christopher, is it comforting or horrifying for Morello to run into Nichols immediately?Natasha Lyonne and Yael Stone on OITNB’s Heartbreaking Scene
July 2, 2014
She made the design as a comment on the comforting nature of wrapping oneself in a rebozo.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
Thomas Meaney, Yascha Mounk, The Nation Democracy was once a comforting fiction.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
She offered him the comforting directness which she might have given Bill.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
How neat she was, how thrifty, how comfortable, and how comforting!The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
But then he, too, felt such need of some comforting illusion!The Downfall
Well, the minister would help him; that was a comforting thought.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
Their vse is much in ornament, and comforting the spirits, by the sence of smelling.A New Orchard And Garden
- a state of ease or well-being
- relief from affliction, grief, etc
- a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
- obsolete support
- (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
- to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
- to bring physical ease to
Word Origin and History for comforting
late 13c., conforten "to cheer up, console," from Old French conforter "to comfort, to solace; to help, strengthen," from Late Latin confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fortis "strong" (see fort). Change of -n- to -m- began in English 14c. Related: Comforted; comforting.
c.1200, "feeling of relief" (as still in to take comfort in something); also "source of alleviation or relief;" from Old French confort (see comfort (v.)). Replaced Old English frofor. Comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.
Idioms and Phrases with comforting
see cold comfort; creature comforts; too close for comfort.