Job's Comforter Definition

One who is discouraging or saddening while seemingly offering sympathy or comfort.
American Heritage
A person who aggravates one's misery while attempting or pretending to comfort: see Job 16:1-5
Webster's New World

A person who, in trying to offer help or advice, says something that simply adds to the distress.

Only a Job's comforter would try to argue that yesterday's stock fall announcement could bring anything good.

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.

    From Wiktionary

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