the comforter


a person or thing that comforts.
a quilt.
a long, woolen scarf, usually knitted.
the Comforter, Holy Ghost.

1300–50; Middle English comfortour < Anglo-French, Old French conforteor, equivalent to confort(er) (see comfort) + -eor < Latin -ōr- -or1 or -ātōr- -ator Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
comforter (ˈkʌmfətə)
1.  a person or thing that comforts
2.  chiefly (Brit) a woollen scarf
3.  a baby's dummy
4.  (US) a quilted bed covering

Comforter (ˈkʌmfətə)
Christianity an epithet of the Holy Spirit
[C14: translation of Latin consolātor, representing Greek paraklētos; see Paraclete]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "one who consoles or comforts," from Anglo-Fr. confortour, from V.L. *confortatorem, agent n. from L.L. confortare (see comfort). As a kind of scarf, from 1823; as a kind of coverlet, from 1832.
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Bible Dictionary

Comforter definition

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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