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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for comforters

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 comforters

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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comforters 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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