[syn: comforter, pacifier, baby's dummy, teething ring]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Comforter \Com"fort*er\, n.
1. One who administers comfort or consolation.
Let no comforter delight mine ear
But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
2. (Script.) The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
things. --John xiv.
3. A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow. [U. S.]
The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and
unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball
fight. --Pop. Sci.
4. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable. [U. S.]
Job's comforter, a boil. [Colloq.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: commiserates with someone who has had misfortune [syn:
sympathizer, sympathiser, comforter]
2: a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms
and pacifies; "a reliever of anxiety"; "an allayer of fears"
[syn: reliever, allayer, comforter]
3: bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and
stitched together [syn: quilt, comforter, comfort,
4: device used for an infant to suck or bite on [syn:
comforter, pacifier, baby's dummy, teething ring]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "comforter":
afghan, bed linen, bedclothes, bedcover, bedding, bedsheet,
bedspread, blanket, buffalo robe, case, clothes, comfort, consoler,
contour sheet, counterpane, cover, coverlet, coverlid, eiderdown,
encourager, fitted sheet, lap robe, linen, paraclete,
patchwork quilt, pillow slip, pillowcase, puff, quilt, robe, rug,
sheet, sheeting, slip, solacer, spread
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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.