comfortingly

comforting

[kuhm-fer-ting]
adjective
affording comfort or solace.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see comfort, -ing2

comfortingly, adverb
uncomforting, adjective
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comfort (ˈkʌmfət)
 
n
1.  a state of ease or well-being
2.  relief from affliction, grief, etc
3.  a person, thing, or event that brings solace or ease
4.  obsolete support
5.  (usually plural) something that affords physical ease and relaxation
 
vb
6.  to ease the pain of; soothe; cheer
7.  to bring physical ease to
 
[C13: from Old French confort, from Late Latin confortāre to strengthen very much, from Latin con- (intensive) + fortis strong]
 
'comforting
 
adj
 
'comfortingly
 
adv
 
'comfortless
 
adj
 
'comfortlessly
 
adv
 
'comfortlessness
 
n

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comfort
late 13c., from O.Fr. conforter "to comfort, help, strengthen," from L.L. confortare "to strengthen much" (used in Vulgate), from L. com- intens. prefix + fortis "strong." The n. (early 13c.) replaced O.E. frofor. The noun comforts (as opposed to necessities and luxuries) is from 1650s.
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