Job's comforter
noun Etymology: from the tone of the speeches made to Job by his friends Date: 1738 a person who discourages or depresses while seemingly giving comfort and consolation

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  • Job's comforter — Comforter Com fort*er, n. 1. One who administers comfort or consolation. [1913 Webster] Let no comforter delight mine ear But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Script.) The Holy Spirit, referring to his office of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • job's comforter — Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job s comforter. (Job s is pronounced jobes , not jobs ) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Job's comforter — Job Job (j[=o]b), n. The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man. [1913 Webster] {Job s comforter}. (a) A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Job's comforter — [jōbz′kum′fər tər] n. a person who aggravates one s misery while attempting or pretending to comfort: see Job 16:1 5 …   English World dictionary

  • Job's comforter — UK [ˌdʒəʊbz ˈkʌmfə(r)tə(r)] / US [ˌdʒoʊbz ˈkʌmfərtər] noun [countable] Word forms Job s comforter : singular Job s comforter plural Job s comforters formal someone who tries to make another person feel better about their problems, but only makes… …   English dictionary

  • job's comforter —    Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job s comforter. (Job s is pronounced jobes , not jobs )   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Job’s comforter —   Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job s comforter. (Job s is pronounced jobes , not jobs ) …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Job's comforter — Job s com|fort|er [ ,dʒoubz kʌmfərtər ] noun count FORMAL someone who tries to make another person feel better about their problems, but only makes them feel more unhappy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Job's comforter — Job s′ com′forter [[t]dʒoʊbz[/t]] n. a person who unwittingly or maliciously depresses or discourages while attempting to console • Etymology: 1730–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • Job's comforter — noun A person who, in trying to offer help or advice, says something that simply adds to the distress. Only a Jobs comforter would try to argue that yesterdays stock fall announcement could bring anything good …   Wiktionary

  • Job's comforter — [dʒəʊbz] noun a person who aggravates distress under the guise of giving comfort. Origin C18: alluding to the biblical story (Job 16:2) of the patriarch Job …   English new terms dictionary

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