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 for comforter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Comforter \Com"fort*er\, n.
     1. One who administers comfort or consolation.
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              Let no comforter delight mine ear
              But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine.
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     2. (Script.) The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of
        comforting believers.
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              But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the
              Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all
              things.                               --John xiv.
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     3. A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow. [U. S.]
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              The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and
              unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball
              fight.                                --Pop. Sci.
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     4. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable. [U. S.]
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     Job's comforter, a boil. [Colloq.]
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From 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]

From 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

From 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.
     8:27, 34).

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