Job's comforter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Job's comforter someone whose comfort is actually discouraging
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Job's comforter a boil.
    • Job's comforter A false friend; a tactless or malicious person who, under pretense of sympathy, insinuates rebukes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Job's comforter one who, while pretending to comfort, only aggravates the distress
    • Job's comforter one who aggravates the distress of an unfortunate man he has come to comfort
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Quotations

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    “Millions are idle, but it's comforting to know that most of them have jobs.”

Idioms

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')
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Usage

In literature:

But if I acquitted my two Job's comforters of insincerity, I was yet far from admitting them infallible.
"The Wrecker" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Oh, this was a new theme for my Job's comforter.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
You're a Job's comforter; I must be getting home.
"Five Tales" by John Galsworthy
I do wish my Job's comforters, as you call them, would have more discretion than to talk to me as they do.
"Off-Hand Sketches" by T. S. Arthur
Nobody could play the part of Job's comforter to greater perfection.
"Stella Fregelius" by H. Rider Haggard
We can both of us play Job's comforter to the other because we're pretty good friends.
"Young People's Pride" by Stephen Vincent Benet
I'll give yer my word, Billy, an' no go back, that I'll see the job done up in style fur yer, ef that's any comfort.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
The very actors who rehearsed with her were Job's comforters.
"Mary Anderson" by J. M. Farrar
It's your job, and you can get a lot of comfort out of it if you try!
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
But Naomi proved a Job's comforter.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
You are a fine Job's comforter for a poor girl to come to in her trouble!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Thought I'd got a job to tinker him up; but he only wants a bit of comforting, to show him he's amongst friends.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
He proved but a Job's comforter.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
But though rich in domestic comforts, all the rest of Job's affairs, for a long time, went on unprosperously.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
From the beginning the country was well stocked with pessimists and Job's comforters.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
Isn't he the Job's comforter!
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein
But of all these Job's comforters, not one will advance him a single crown.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Even the comforters can scarcely believe their ears, so shocked are they at Job's blasphemy.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
The prior was a Job's comforter: 'Let my lord look out for the devil!
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
Hence the Rabbins have taken the side of Job's Comforters.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
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In poetry:

Who bent his steps from Teman's gate
To comfort Job 's afflicted state;
And, at his griefs severely pain'd,
Silent sev'n days and nights remain'd ?
"Enigma XXXVII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
"Yes, operations are so dear,
But it's your comfort and your cheer
To know your job's so steady here."
These are his words; so meek and mild,
He looks just like a simple child . . .
Go! darn it! Suddenly I'm riled.
"The Key Of The Street" by Robert W Service
Don't you give it to me; now, don't ye, don't ye, DON'T!
You think it's a put-up job; so I'll thank ye, sir, if you won't.
But hand him the stamps yourself: why, he isn't even my pal;
And, if it's a comfort to you, why, I don't intend that he shall.
"Seventy-Nine" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

This Guy Left A Cushy Job At Google To Do A Startup He's Up To His Ears In Debt (GOOG) Silicon Valley, he had a comfortable job as a product manager at Google making six figures a year.
Transporting yourself from the comforts of a familiar job, work culture, and colleagues to a totally different environment—even if it's exciting to think about—is stressful enough.
Paul Yow and Hae Ran had comfortable jobs with one of the city's top-rated restaurants.
I usually wait until Wednesday evening to write this column for Sunday's edition, electing to figure it out from week to week in the comfort of my own home - the beauty of computers and e-mail that weren't part of this job when I started.
The president's job today is to comfort a nation, not score political points.
The president's job today is to comfort a nation , not score political points.
Although he's been retired and lives comfortably at Quincy Village, Al Good has worked a full-time job - six to seven hours a day - for five months and 26 days.
In news that would make Steve Jobs proud, Apple has been named America's most profitable retailer, beating out other powerhouses like Tiffany & Co. GameStop and Select Comfort.
For 115 years, the trumpet comforted the quiet folk of this border town, guaranteeing jobs and putting them on the map as the site of Canada's oldest racetrack .
"Women gravitate," Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women's Forum writes, "toward jobs with fewer risks, more comfortable conditions, regular hours, more personal fulfillment and greater flexibility.
Most recently, Daniels joined executives from Tsuda Industries to announce the Japanese automotive parts supplier 's plans to build its first North American facility in Mount Comfort, which is expected to create up to 116 new jobs by 2016.
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