One who is discouraging or saddening while seemingly offering sympathy or comfort.
A person who aggravates one's misery while attempting or pretending to comfort: see Job 16:1-5
Origin of job-s-comforter
- After Job whose friends pretended to comfort but actually found fault with him
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Bible Job 16.2 where Job's supposed friends offered advice that was not helpful.