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See also: Comforter



From Middle English comfortour et al, from Anglo-Norman confortour, from Old French conforter. See comfort.



comforter (plural comforters)

  1. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
    Synonym: consoler
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
      Let no comforter delight mine ear / But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 511:
      The comforters, relaxed in sarongs after the day's work, kicked off their sandals at the top of Syed Omar's steps and made their obeisances to the wives, to the elder children, and to the gloomy head of the house.
    • 1988 April 9, Kevin Blackburn, “Penpals Needed for Prisoners with AIDS”, in Gay Community News, page 5:
      There are 157 men with AIDS/ARC in the small unit where I am housed. Many of us are abandoned by friends, family, lovers and spiritual comforters. And this is why I am reaching out to you.
  2. (US) A padded cover for a bed, duvet, continental quilt.
    Synonyms: duvet, (continental) quilt
  3. (dated, chiefly UK) A woollen scarf for winter.
  4. (New Zealand, Australia) A pacifier.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pacifier

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