Job's comforter


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Job's comforter

(jōbz)
n.
One who is discouraging or saddening while seemingly offering sympathy or comfort.

[After Job, whose friends pretended to comfort but actually found fault with him.]

Job's comforter

n
a person who, while purporting to give sympathy, succeeds only in adding to distress

Job's′ com′forter

(dʒoʊbz)
n.
a person who unwittingly or maliciously depresses or discourages while attempting to console.
[1730–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Job's comforter - someone whose comfort is actually discouraging
comforter, sympathiser, sympathizer - commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
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